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Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 Open Studios in Town Pavilion

Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency welcomes the public to our annual Open Studios event at Town Pavilion. Visitors are free to come into our artists’ studios for a behind-the-scenes view of the Studio Residency Program. This is your chance to meet all 32 artists, learn more about their work and processes, and attend live music and dance performances, readings, exhibitions, activities, talks, sales, and more. All events are free and open to the public. A schedule for that Saturday will be released soon. Look out for upcoming announcements!

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April 6, 2018 through April 29, 2018

Belfast Girls

Fishtank Theatre is partnering with the Charlotte Street Foundation to present the regional premiere of Belfast Girls, a play by Jaki McCarrick at La Esquina in from April 2018. A free, First Friday Open House and artist talk will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 and 17 live, public performances will take place from April 7 through 29, 2018. The production is directed by CSF Fellow Heidi Van and features a cast consisting of Rasheedat BadejoAnnie KalahurkaErdin Schultz-Bever, Lindsay Lillig, and Kaitlin Gould. The writer, Jaki McCarrick, won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing for her play Leopoldville. Belfast Girls was developed at the National Theatre Studio, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award. The Fishtank, founded in 2009, presents contemporary experimental live theatre that challenges the way theatre meets its audience. Material performed by the Fishtank is fresh, its content progressive and its writers and performers committed to the aesthetic of risk-taking. Working with set designer, Mark Exline, Belfast Girls will be staged aboard a multi-level ghost ship, resembling a skeleton, and the skin and bones of the population a government let starve. La Esquina white box walls provide a projection surface for the voyage from Ireland to Australia where the set will be completed by images of the night sky, circling birds, the sea horizon, and, finally, the destination.

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February 6, 2018 - June 1, 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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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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