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February 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018

KC Performing Media Festival Open Call

Kansas City Performing Media Festival Local Call For Proposals Submit local proposals HERE. Submit National proposals HERE. Michael Miller and Eric Souther, in conjunction with Charlotte Street, are seeking proposals for new audio-visual collaborative works to be performed by Mnemosyne Quartet during the Kansas City Performing Media Festival (KC PMF). The winning five composers and five video artists will be granted a commission of $100 to collaborate, and create a five to eight minute audio-visual work. Proposals are due by April 7th, and all winners will be announced by April 13th. All works must be completed by July 1st, when rehearsals will begin with Mnemosyne Quartet. KC PMF will take place on September 29th at Charlotte’s Street’s La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO. The event will take place during Open Spaces, Kansas City’s bi-annual outdoor-indoor contemporary art exhibition. All applicants must consider the material 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. Topic One: Based on Ian Bogost’s philosophy of Alien phenomenology, consider the human condition from an alternate perspective. In his theory, he expresses two modes of practice, metaphorism and carpentry.  He describes metaphorism as “the authorship of works that speculate about the unknowable, inner lives of objects” and carpentry as “the construction of artifacts that illustrate the perspectives of objects.” Topic Two: Based on Karen Barad’s theories on Agental Realism, consider how our actions could address or break down an artificial boundary. Within her theory, she coined the term Intra-action, which is described as “the ability to act [which] emerges from within the relationship not outside of it.” She goes on to state that this is important because it redefines “our actions with each other and nature… [because] it reveals the artificial boundaries that we forgot we invented.” Topic Three: Based on Donna Haraway’s theories on Posthumanism, consider a possible inevitability of our era. She describes three epochs-- Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Cthulucene--and speculates their potential outcomes. For example, the Anthropocene states the beginning of our current epoch is the point in which humans, nature, and their subsequent fates became interdependent. However, she ultimately proposes a strategy for not giving up, and creating order out of the current disorder. Each new Audio-Visual work will be created from the foundation of these varied philosophies. The composers, individually, must also speak to the level of indeterminacy in their piece, as Mnemosyne’s works are primarily based upon improvisation. They must address how much of the decision-making process will be left to the discretion of either Mnemosyne or the computer as a performer. Video Artists will also be encouraged to address if they plan to incorporate indeterminacy into their work, and how the use of musical improvisation will influence their creation. The below information outlines what is needed for both composers and video artists to apply:

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Monday, March 2nd - Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Collective: Our Stories of Cancer

Gilda’s Club Kansas City will be collaborating with Owen/Cox Dance Group, Charlotte Street Foundation, poet Jen Harris (founder of KC Poetry Slam), and composer Stacy Busch for a multi-disciplinary production of Collective: Our Stories of Cancer. This evening-length work will provide a deep and insightful experience into life with cancer. The performance will feature original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club who shared their stories of cancer. The work will be performed by Jen Harris, Stacy Busch, soprano Liz Pearse, and five dancers of Owen/Cox Dance Group. Dancers include Megan Buckley, Felicia McBride, Emily Mushinski, Logan Pachciarz, and Christopher Page-Sanders Performances will be held March 2-4, 2018 at La Esquina Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation’s performance space in Kansas City’s historic Westside.   Performances on March 2 and 3 begin at 7:30 PM, with a matinee performance taking place on March 4 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased by going to In 2018, Gilda’s Club Kansas City is hoping to raise awareness of the incidence of cancer in the local community and the positive benefits of education, support and self-advocacy. A new way of raising awareness has been brought to the fold through the multi-disciplinary production Collective: Our Stories of Cancer. Art connects people in a special and intimate way. Collective is a production that seeks to capitalize on that, celebrating those impacted by cancer, serving to unite those who have or are currently experiencing cancer, while embracing diversity and instilling hope.

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January 15, 2018 - March 26, 2018

2018 Rocket Grant Applications are open now!

These are grants for experimental, public-facing, artist-driven and artist-centered projects, in any discipline or medium with a strong visual component. Interested artists can download a complete application guide and budget forms by going to and clicking on the Apply! button. The actual application happens online, and the deadline is March 26. Applications are only accepted through the Call for Entry website here. Read the 2018 Rocket Grant Application Guide Now! The program has so far awarded $392,000 to more than two hundred artists working on 80+ projects. Many other artists and community members have been involved in these projects in one way or another. In its ninth year of serving the Kansas City arts community, the program for 2018-19 will provide grants in the amount of $60,000 total. Artists can learn more about how to apply by going to The $60,000 total includes Full Project Awards, which are cash grants that amount up to $6,000 each to area artists, performers, curators, and writers - as individuals or groups - to support the creation and presentation of NEW work/projects. The program also distributes Research & Development Awards. These awards are cash grants of $2,000 each, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. The selection panel may also award this grant to a proposal that they find to be compelling, but which seems to require more development and/or funding. Rocket Grants are part of a national network of programs funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. There are, so far, 10 other grants similar to Rocket Grants in smaller cities around America. Kansas City was the third program to kick into action, thanks to the vitality of our regional arts community and the strong leadership of Charlotte Street and the Spencer Museum of Art. Rocket Grants provide opportunities for Kansas City area artists to make and share experimental work and ideas in public spaces around the region - by providing direct support for exceptional, under-the-radar, artist-driven, and artist-centered projects.   If you have any questions, please free to email

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Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Our world is increasingly strange. The unlikely has now become commonplace. All Tomorrow’s Parties is a group exhibition of nine artists who see the strange, surreal and unlikely in their own work as a reflection of their time. The exhibited collages, drawings, garments, paintings, sculptures and video works reflect a range of aesthetic responses that each artist has found and followed. Gathered together, the artists call attention to the qualities of the surreal that now seem every day. Will it stay this way? How bizarre will the future become? Can we be at home in this new world? All Tomorrow’s Parties invites viewers to consider these questions and more.


Surrealism responded to a world coming undone by war, economic crisis, and political instability. Doesn’t this also sound like our world? The artists of All Tomorrow’s Parties are driven to varying degrees by the impulses of surrealism. Seeing a similar drift towards the unlikely in our lives, this exhibition seeks to acknowledge and celebrate our age as ours. As artists and citizens, we can shape the world, yet there is no going back. Together we attend All Tomorrow’s Parties. 

The exhibition is organized by Jonah Criswell & Kelly John Clark. Participating artists include Corey Antis, Kelly John Clark, Hadley Clark, Jonah Criswell, Olivia Gibb, Will Henry, Caitlin Horsmon, Peyton Pitts, Allan Winkler. This also featuring works by Aaron Stork and Lee Piechoki.

Opening Reception

Friday January 26th from 6-9pm


Film Screening with introduction by Dr. Melissa Lenos 

Friday, February 2nd from 8-11pm


Closing Reception and Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 24th from 2-4PM

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November 16, 2017 - March 4, 2018

2017 CSF Visual Artist Award Exhibition

Charlotte Street Foundation annually honors three outstanding Kansas City based visual artists with unrestricted cash awards. These Charlotte Street Awards recognize locally based artists who are creating outstanding artwork and provide financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure for Award Fellows with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development. Through the Awards program, Charlotte Street Foundation seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City’s arts community, making Kansas City alive with collaboration, passion, ideas and surprise. The 2017 recipients were selected by a panel of local and national curators. Karen McCoy earned a BA from Northeast Louisiana University in 1972, an MA from Northern Illinois University in 1977 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. She is an associate professor of art in the sculpture department of the Kansas City Art Institute. Recent projects have included a residency at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia and an exhibition at Chroma Projects in Charlottesville, VA. Her work on paper Two Scoops for Meniscus (1989) is part of the Oppenheimer Collection at the Nerman Museum. Stephen Proski was born in 1988 in the Bay Area, California, and raised in Phoenix, AZ. In 2010 he graduated with a BFA in painting and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute, and he currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. Proski has shown locally in Kansas City at 50/50, Bunker Center for the Arts, and Epsten Gallery and nationally at Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and Red Fox Gallery in Bedford, NY. Samara Umbral was born in 1987, raised in St. Louis, MO, and graduated in 2009 with a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. Soon after graduating, Umbral relocated to New York City. Her solo show Kids at the Nerman Museum in 2012 featured Felicity and Eileen, a painting from the Oppenheimer Collection. She has had solo exhibitions at Haw Contemporary, and in 2010 she had an exhibition at ATM Gallery in New York. She currently lives and works in Kansas City.

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August 23 - February 24


CUT/PASTE is a new site-specific installation by Madeline Gallucci as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street. Inspired by the Kansas City Museum’s collection of “crazy quilts” from the 1880’s, CUT/PASTE references the multitude of colors and textures combined together to create a new whole. Gallucci has re-imagined the “crazy quilt” from object to image and reinterpreted it through her frenzied mark-making and painted patterns.

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