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Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 12 through Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Fountainverse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest

Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to partner with Fountainverse to host the annual event for 2018 in La Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO) for the weekend of Friday, October 12,  through Sunday, October 14, 2018. Slam poet veterans, avid poetry fans and people looking to break into the world poetry are all highly encouraged to come this three-day event and meet the poets who maintain the poetry industry (locally and nationally). The event will include a small press book fair, poetry readings, open mic opportunities, meet-and-greets, as well as social after-parties for you to talk with a poet. All events will take place at La Esquina Gallery with the exception of the after-parties (which varies depending on night). You can see the entire schedule and location of the after-parties below! Fountainverse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest is a three-day poetry festival featuring poets representing independent poetry publishing houses from the KC metro and across the country. The fest features scheduled readings, a pop-up book shop, and open mic opportunities. The poets and presses are invited to participate by a creative board comprised of representatives from Kansas City’s various literary scenes. Each creative board member will take lead on hosting a national press and their two groups will have one of the six main feature events. All together, twelve groups will be featured, half from KC and half nationally based. Even more small presses will be represented at the pop-up book shop.

Fountainverse Mission

The Fountainverse mission is, first and foremost, to promote the poetics arts in their myriad manifestations. The organizers fully expect to grow the KCSPPF into a destination event for small presses and their poets from all over the world to gather in the heart of Kansas City for networking, project cross-pollination, collaboration, performance, and to sell some books along the way.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kansas City Performing Media Festival

Composer Michael Miller and video artist Eric Souther, in conjunction with Charlotte Street Foundation, present: Emergence of Post-Human Cartographies, an evening of audio-visual works, performed by improvisational electronica quartet, Mnemosyne. Kansas City Performing Media Festival (KC PMF) takes place on September 29th at Charlotte Street's La Esquina Gallery (1000 W. 25th St, Kansas City, MO). The event will take place during Open Spaces, Kansas City's bi-annual outdoor-indoor contemporary art exhibition. Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to combine the unusual and eclectic spirit of Kansas City's performing arts scene with national contributors and ideas. In the course of the evening, concertgoers will experience an entirely immersive audio-visual environment, which utilizes eight-channel surround sound, and panoramic video projection mapped to all walls and surfaces within La Esquina Gallery. Embedded within this environment, commissioned collaborative works by Kansas City composers and visual artists will be presented side by side with those submitted to a national call for works. The following artists will also be featured during KCPMF: Cody Kauhl, Colin Patrick Mosely, David James Witter, Dwight Frizzell, Jeremy Tittle, Lisa Marie Evans, Michael Eaton, Paul Rudy, Sebastian Sanchez-Piotrowski, Seth Davis, Leigh Kaulbach, and Keith Kirchoff. Artists represented in the festival were considered from a pool of applicants who had to consider the material and and discursive practices of Object-Oriented Ontology, specifically it’s subsets: Alien phenomenology, Agential Realism, and Posthumanism.  Object-Oriented Ontology is a philosophy that maintains objects exist independently of human perception and are not ontologically exhausted by their relations with humans or other objects. Upon consideration of these three philosophical subsets (described below), each composer or visual artist must choose one, on which to focus their work. Miller and Souther will pair composers and visual artists based on their responses to these philosophies and based on their ideal working method. Learn more about the featured artists below!

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Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, 2018

Found Installations


Found Installations is a video art collection of Leralee Whittle's time-based processes in rural and city spaces transformed through her collaboration with the spaces. Whittle occupy public and private domaines such as parks, gyms, natural habitats or unique buildings. The visually rich spaces typically serve communities for non-arts related activities, yet inspire Leralee to engage in body-based practices anywhere from hours to months (intermittently). The artist illuminate's the choreographic design of each generative process with postproduction editing to clearly define aesthetics of social practice, dance or visual art.

Leralee Whittle will enact a four-hour durational performance in which she occupies Broadway and “embody the space.” Whittle will occupy the stage amidst installed videos to investigate materiality in dance, minimalist body-based installation performance and new dance emerging through choreographic structures and interaction with video, things and people in the space.

The performance will take place on Friday night of November 9, 2018 at Charlotte Street Foundation's new performance arts venue, Capsule (1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Ticket information will be available soon.

Workshop Opportunity

The following day on Saturday, November 10, 2018, Leralee Whittle will lead a workshop for interested attendees. The workshop will be free and open to the public.
Part 1:  We're Space Makers / J(())Y Embodiment  11-12:30
Part 2:  Instant Composition, a relational art ritual - 12:35- 2:00
In this workshop we'll explore a cross-disciplinary approach of inviting your/our authentic dance in the creation of embodied installations (being and designing with the body and things) and
creative collaboration. We'll explore how materiality between the body, space, time, object and other unfolds a time-based process that opens up aesthetic communing/community. We'll step into composition as a ritual mode that heightens ours senses and gives us the experience
of phenomena as the engine of collaboration (relational aesthetics) each moment.

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Thursday and Friday evenings in August

Studio Residency Performing Artist Series

Throughout the month of the August, enjoy free performances from Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2017-18 performing artists who are finishing up their year in the Studio Residency Program. Performances are free and open to the public at Charlotte Street Foundation’s brand new performing arts venue on Broadway Blvd! You are encouraged to bring your friends and colleagues to these experimental performances, showcasing some of the best and most cutting-edge work that is currently being made by Kansas City artists within arts community. From poetry readings, live music, dance productions to theatrical performances, you will be sure to find an event that interests you.

Schedule of Performances:

Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 PM Mazzy Mann MX.MRS will be performing in part her album, PAGLIACCI. The album explores stylings of down-tempo vaudeville, jazz, trip-hop, neo-soul, and avant-garde anachronism with themes grappling with identity, validation, queerness, and the pursuit to rise above society’s irrational norms. Expect other performances from CXPA, X Wilson and Austin G Glassco. Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 PM Madison Mae Parker Join Madison Mae Parker and Mariah Lanae Boothe for “Glitter Trash,” an evening of poetry, movement, fabric, and glitter, as we question what beauty is, what is femininity, and how do we survive in this world wielding both. Sunday, August 19 at 6:30 PM Danielle Hennerberg and Karan Karla Aron Karla Aron and Tim Metz team up to form The Mason Dixons for an evening of home grown Alternative Americana titled “Switching Sides.” Toe-tapping guitar and piano feature in this savory mix of original songs that will fill you up and get you humming. Danielle Hennerberg's “A Night on Composition Street” combines elements of Jazz, Blues, and Rock to bring together Kansas City’s roots in Jazz and its future as a musical destination for popular artists Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 PM  Jason Zeh Jason's current work engages with his academic research into queer theory, feminist theory, and media and sound studies and is primarily focused on sound and performance using hardware hacking and creative coding as ways of creating interactive social encounters that address the ways communication technologies both facilitate and disrupt human connection. Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 PM  Leo Gayden Check out Charlotte Street’s new performance space as Leo Gayden performs an original dance piece. Leo Gayden has made a name for himself in KC as a dancer on the stage and the streets. Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM Daniel Hogans, Sheri Hall and Jessica Ayala Join Charlotte Street Studio residents Jessica Ayala, Sheri Hall, and Daniel Hogans for an evening of sunset jazz and poetry.

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Friday, August 24th through Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Kansas City Artists on the Midwestern Experience

What defines the experience of a person living in the geographic middle of the United States? There are expectations of what that existence looks like, feels like. A picture painted with the residue of a black and white intro to the first ever movie in technicolor, a smear of bbq sauce on a paper bib, the quilt-like squares of “flyover country”. Welcome to the Neighborhood is an exhibition that presents the lived experience of midwesterners through the eyes of its artists - people who live or have lived in the Kansas City area. It presents the textured landscape, the complicated dichotomies, the hues and politics of a place that these artists have embraced as home.

Artists included in the exhibition include Yoonmi Nam, Jessica Borusky, Patty Carroll, Rodolpho Marron III, Mike Sinclair, Rena Detrixhe, Glyneisha Johnson, Michael Krueger, Nedra Bonds, Deanna Dikeman, and Lara Shipley.

Exhibition Opening Reception: August 24, 2018, 6-9:00pm Exhibition Closes: September 22 La Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th St, Kansas City, MO 64108)

Participating Artists:

Nedra Bonds

Jessica Borusky

Patty Carroll

Rena Detrixhe

Deanna Dikeman

Glyneisha Johnson

Rashawn Griffin

Michael Krueger

Rodolfo Marron III

Lara Shipley

Mike Sinclair

Yoonmi Nam

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Slide Slam 2018

The Charlotte Street Foundation is ecstatic about the launch of the 2018-2019 Studio Residency year with our annual Slide Slam 2018 event. Slide Slam is an annual event that introduces the new pool of studio residents to each other and to Charlotte Street audiences. The event takes place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

The event is moving to a new location this year, hosting the presentation at Charlotte Street's new space on Broadway Blvd, Capsule, which is located at 1664 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Slide Slam 2018 is free and open to the public.

Slide Slam 2018 is a great way for artists to introduce themselves to their peers. The presentation style is influenced by Pecha Kucha and consists of 3-minute slide presentations from each of the 33 incoming studio resident artists. These unique, fast-paced presentations are intended as an introduction to the work, ideas, processes, and personalities of these diverse artists individually. Attendees can learn and expect to see what these studio residents will produce in the upcoming year, and artists can use this presentation as a resource for possible collaborations amongst each other.

Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program provides free studios and rehearsal space in downtown Kansas City, exhibition and mentorships opportunities, and related support as needed to artists of all disciplines. A list of the 30 residents selected can be found below. LIST OF 2018-19 STUDIO RESIDENTS Performing artists include Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman, Jeremy FinneyTristian GriffinDaniel HogansKaren LisondraMazzy MannKyle MullinsKaia NuttingMarshall Trammell and Jason Zeh. Visual artists include Iliann Alvarez, Nazanin AmiriJE BakerJuan Castro-MarquezRuben CastilloElizabeth DerstineKaterina GuillermoLuke HaynesFuko ItoJessica KincaidLilly McElroyRebeka Pech MoguelSavannah RodgersLaurena RoytbergKiki SernaElizabeth Stehling and Benjamin Willis. Writers include Jessica AyalaSheri HallKevin KilroyAlicen LundbergMadison Mae Parker and Lavinia Roberts.

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