CSF news from elsewhere.
n the last six months, the Manheim Park neighborhood has not had a shooting or a murder. Organizations like Historic Manheim Park Association and Charlotte Street Foundation are fighting to make the space safer for the community.
Shopmaker, along with her two friends Mazzy Mann (CSF Studio Resident) and Lorelei Kretsinger, are three Kansas City trans women trying to set the record straight in terms of their community's artistic contributions. They are also Rocket Grants recipients.
The City of Lawrence gave final approval during an Aug. 7 city hall meeting for a Rocket Grants mural representing women of color to be painted outside of the Lawrence Public Library.
In late February, the Charlotte Street Foundation announced three recipients of its 2018 Visual Artist awards. Each received an unrestricted cash award of $10,000, and the winners’ works will be featured in the 2018 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition later this year at H&R Block Artspace.
Gilda’s Club Kansas City was formed six years ago in recognition of this grim reality. A branch of the national organization named after comedian Gilda Radner (who died of ovarian cancer in 1989), the midtown location is a place for people living with cancer, and their families, to find support, education, advocacy, and social opportunities — all free of charge. The organization is growing locally: it served 475 members in 2015; 875 members in 2016; and 1,501 members in 2017. (Members include persons who have received a cancer diagnosis, caregivers, or family members.)
For the community, The Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program represents a talent factory — an incubator for the creative expressions that will occupy Kansas City’s galleries and stages in the years to come.
It’s been called Big Fun Art and it’s making major waves throughout the art world. Kansas City has a fresh new venue for this multidisciplinary ain’t-nothin’-but-a-party art movement — that is, if you can find it. Enter Alter: Art Space, quite literally birthed last summer in the West Bottoms by recent Kansas City Art Institute graduates, Boi Boy and Bo Hubbard, who proudly refer to themselves as its “moms.”