Arrowhead Stadium doubles as a gallery for some KC artists

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  Vincent van Gogh once said, "I dream my painting, and I paint my dream."

A wish has come true for artists in the metro as the Kansas City Chiefs lend them a hand. It’s why Arrowhead may soon resemble an art gallery.

Anyone can talk about creating works of art but very few can put brush to canvas and make it happen. Charlie Podrebarac has lived his entire life within the Kansas City arts community. He's worked as a political cartoonist with the Kansas City Star, taking viewers to 'Cowtown' with his art.

Podrebarac is one of 14 artists to have their work put on display at Arrowhead Stadium as part of the Kansas City Chiefs Art Program. In 2012 the Chiefs asked local artists to submit their work. Podrebarac's 'Panorama of the Plains' is on display in the club level. It was one of 400 pieces the Chiefs considered.

“Until their arts program, you couldn't go up to them and say, 'Can I hang my art in the stadium?' It had to come to them,” Podrebarac said.

Anne Scharf is the Chiefs’ business manager and also supervises the team's art program.

“There are paintings that hang on the wall. There are installations that plug into the wall. There's glass. There's wood. There's metal,” she said.

All of them have a tie to the metro and Chiefs’ football.

“What we're trying to do is to use the stadium environment to bring people in who wouldn't necessarily think they were art enthusiasts,” Scharf said.

When the renovation of Arrowhead was completed back in 2010 the Hunt family planned to provide better access to the stadium for community access, groups and tours. Scharf said part of that plan was to bridge a gap between football and the arts.

“I've attended so many games and playoff games and been in the parking lot before and after,” Podrebarac said. “It's just fun to know it's going to be up there for a long time.”

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