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Call closes on Monday, May 27 at 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). Apply HERE.

KANSAS CITY, Mo, April 30, 2019: Charlotte Street Foundation is now accepting applications for its Studio Residency Program that runs from September 2019 through September 2020. Applications are accepted until Monday, May 27 at 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). Applications are only accepted through Charlotte Street selects an independent jury panel to select artists from the applicant pool. Artists can learn how to submit a free application for the studio program online today.


Now in its sixteenth year, Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency program provides free studio and rehearsal spaces to exceptional emerging and/or accomplished artists in need of a workspace to create new work. The program helps artists develop their creative processes, professional practices, and establishes new connections among peers. The program offers studio space, required monthly meetings, presentations, studio visits, mentorships, public programs, exhibitions, and access to a multidisciplinary network of artist peers. Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program encourages creative production, artistic experimentation and collaboration, professional development, and community building.

Charlotte Street Foundation addresses artists’ needs by providing free studio space in Kansas City by securing vacant downtown office space, in partnership with generous real estate owners, Copaken Brooks. Since its inception in 2004, the program has supported hundreds of artists from Kansas City and abroad. Around 30 artists will be in residence during the year-long term (September through September). Charlotte Street strives to have an equal mix of emerging and established artists representing a multiplicity of disciplines. Applicants will be notified of their residency status by July 2019.

Residencies are granted to selected artists for one-year terms, which run September through September. Artists are then eligible to apply for a second-year term, with their applications subject to the same competitive review as new applicants. Full-time students will NOT be considered.

Visual artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Note, the use of toxic materials in studios is prohibited. The studio spaces do not enable the use of a kiln, welding equipment, or other heavy machinery. The majority of spaces are not light-tight or sound-tight.

Performing artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, including theatre artists, choreographers/dancers, composers/musicians, singers/songwriters, performance artists, filmmakers and cross-disciplinary artists.

Writers working all genres are encouraged to apply. Particular preference will be given to artists with a strong interest in working in cross-disciplinary environment with access to other artists, including those whose focus is on critical/expository writing about art/artists and contemporary culture.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Contact information
  • Resume/CV highlighting your artistic training and accomplishments
  • Statement describing your current work, and the intent and vision behind your work to date (500 words max)
    • Work samples — from the past 3 years:
    • Up to 10 jpegs for visual artists
    • Up to 3 audio or video samples for performing artists or exclusively time-based visual artists
    • Up to 5 jpegs + up to 2 audio/video samples for visual artists working in combination of still and time-based media
    • Up to 3 writing samples/excerpts for writers, no more than 10,000 words total
  • Statement of intent, including:
    • Description of need and desire for the studio
    • Plans for the use of the studio and work to be created/developed
    • Estimated hours per week/month expected to be spent in studio
    • Description of materials and processes used in studio practice. (Note: if your work requires the use of equipment or processes not possible in the studios — i.e. you use toxic materials, a kiln, welding equipment, require high ceilings or a light, or sound-tight space, etc. — explain how this would impact your use of the space and its value to you.)
    • Goals and expectations for participation in the studio program; How will the residency contribute to personal, creative, and professional growth?
    • Contributions you will make to the program/community of resident artists; specific skills, strengths, interests, experiences, etc. you might bring and share; particular activities you wish to instigate or organize.

Participating artists are expected to commit to advancing their artistic practices and professional development, building a sense of community in the studios with their fellow artists, and leveraging their residencies toward future opportunities. Note: Artists who do not make full, creative use of the opportunity may be asked to leave the program. Also note: All artists selected for residencies will be required to complete goal-setting worksheets and then meet with Charlotte Street Foundation staff for short, in-person interviews prior to the commencement of their residencies in order to review goals, plans, space needs, etc.

In addition to providing free studio space for artists in which to create new work and connect with a community of peer artists of all disciplines, the studio residency program provides important exposure for the participating artists and a range of supports geared toward helping them build their artistic careers. These include:

–       Monthly meetings: Studio Residents are required to attend monthly all-resident group meetings the Third Monday evening through the year-long term. The meetings allow the artists to connect, collaborate and share resources. Guest speakers are also scheduled throughout the year to present opportunities and professional development tips to the residents.

–       Mentorships: Residents are paired with volunteer artists or arts professionals from the boarder community, who agree to meet periodically over the course of the term. Each artist completes a goal-setting worksheet at the onset of their residency, which is shared with their mentor to help guide the objectives of the mentorship.

–       Studio Visits: Artists, gallerists, curators, writers, etc. are invited for one-on-one studio visits with residents, arranged both by Charlotte Street and by residents themselves. These visits provide experience, feedback, and new connections for residents.

–       Open Studios: The annual spring Open Studios event provides opportunities for residents to meet and share their work the broader community. The public is invited to visit the residency studios, meet artists, see new and in-process artworks, experience live performances, hear artists talks, writer’s readings and more.

–       Resident exhibition / performance programs: In addition to Open Studios, residents selected for 2019-2020 terms will have several additional opportunities to share their work with the public, including a Slide Slam evening presentation, exhibition and public performance opportunities in Kansas City and possibly beyond.

Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program is currently located at:
Town Pavilion, 1100 Walnut, 6th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Visual artist studios, to which artists are granted 24-hour access, range from private spaces to dedicated areas within larger, open shared spaces.

Performing artist studios, to which performing artists are granted shared 24-hour access with dedicated time slots, include a rehearsal space with dance stage and Marley floor for dancers/choreographers and a separate rehearsal space with a piano for music and theatre/performance artists.

Writer studios, to which writers are granted 24-hour access, private and semi-private studios with wireless internet access.

All studios are workspaces only; the program does not provide residential accommodations. The studios are not furnished and do not include access to specialized equipment, tools, materials, etc.

Charlotte Street identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. Charlotte Street cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $1.1 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit

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