Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its new Curatorial Residency Program and selection of independent Chicago-based curator, writer, and artist Jamilee Polson Lacy as the inaugural curatorial resident. Lacy will begin her 10-month residency in Kansas City in late August 2012.
The new Charlotte Street Curatorial Residency Program is an exceptional opportunity for an outstanding emerging curator from around the country to immerse themselves in and actively contribute to the Kansas City area arts ecology. The program supports the curator’s development of a series of exhibitions inclusive of and responsive to the work of Kansas City area artists.
“In working to make Kansas City a place where artists thrive, we keenly recognize the need for new, innovative curatorial approaches, more critical dialogue, and more connections with artists and arts professionals outside of Kansas City,” said Kate Hackman, Co-Director of Charlotte Street Foundation. “The launch of the curatorial residency program is a direct response to these needs, and we feel that Jamilee Polson Lacy is an ideal fit as our first resident.”
“We are thrilled to have Jamilee Polson Lacy coming to Kansas City and are excited about all that she will bring to our arts community,” added Raechell Smith, Director of H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute and a Charlotte Street Boardmember. “Jamilee brings an impressive combination of experience and talent as a curator and writer, a strong network of connections, a deep commitment to artists of the Midwest, and a terrific openness to exploring new ideas. I can’t wait to see what she does here.”
Lacy is particularly interested in examining how Kansas City’s urban landscape has influenced the visual and experiential expressions of its resident artists. She hopes exploring this topic will provide insight into Kansas City’s position as both a feature of the Midwestern landscape and an arts community inspired by and thriving within its own skin. During the course of her curatorial residency, Lacy will explore her experiences and discoveries in her Charlotte Street Curatorial Residency Blog.