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Charlotte Street Foundation is seeking applications from artists interested in being considered for its Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program for Visual and Performing Artists. Launched in January 2004, UCP’s Studio Residency Program provides free studio spaces to talented and dedicated area artists in need of work-space among a community of peers.

The studio residency program provides studio spaces for approximately 30 visual artists and shared rehearsal space for 7 performing artists/ensembles each year in three facilities in downtown Kansas City:

  • Center City Square, 1100 Main, 5th floor (providing large, shared studio/rehearsal space for several performing artists/groups and small private studios for 12 visual artists)
  • pARTnership Place, 906 Grand, 13th floor (providing space for 7 visual artists in a large, open space)
  • Town Pavilion, 1100 Walnut, 6th floor (providing private and shared open space studios for 8 visual artists)

The studios are granted to selected artists for one year terms. Full time students will NOT be considered. Studios are work spaces only; the program does not provide residential accommodations. The studios do not include access to specialized equipment, tools, materials, etc. A dance stage with Marley floor is provided for dancers/choreographers.

Applications are due MONDAY, July 2, 2012 from artists wishing to be considered for studio residencies whose terms will begin in September, 2012.

Participant Expectations
Artists participating in the program host public Open Studio Weekends twice per year and volunteer 5 hours per month assisting with Charlotte Street Foundation efforts, including gallery sitting at our nearby galleries. Charlotte Street expects participating artists to be committed to their studio practices and to building sense of community in the studios with their fellow artists. Artists are encouraged to take advantage of their time in the studios to further establish a peer artist network for themselves, and to leverage the residency toward future opportunities. As part of the program, each resident completes a goal-setting worksheet at the beginning of the residency, and is paired with a studio mentor (an artist or arts professional from the community) who meets with the resident several times over the course of the year to offer feedback and guidance.

Selection Process
Artists are selected through a competitive process by a selection panel comprised of artists and arts professionals. Criteria for selection are quality and contemporary relevance of work to date and assessment of continued promise — both as evidenced in materials submitted; assessment of artist’s potential to maximize the studio residency opportunity for further artistic and professional growth; and assessment of artist’s capacity to meaningfully contribute to the studio residency environment and community of artist peers therein.

For more about the program, visit the Studio Residents’ Blog.

To apply, go to the Application on

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