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AUGUST 8, 2020 UPDATE

Due to the COVID pandemic and Charlotte Street’s transition into the new headquarters, there will be no call for applications for the 2020 Studio Residency year. No public programs will be hosted in our facilities until 2021. Possible outdoor programs throughout Kansas City and its communities are still under consideration.

Charlotte Street’s staff thanks you for your patience and understanding as we gauge safety protocols and possibilities for the Studio Residency program in our new facility. For artists currently in need of financial resources to help them pay rents, studio rents, or cover other lost expenses during this pandemic, we highly encourage artists to apply for the Rocket Relief fund. The Rocket Relief application will reopen at the beginning of September.

For those interested in donating towards the Rocket Relief fund, you can now contribute towards our GoFundMe campaign! 100% of the campaign’s proceeds go towards the fund, and you could receive awesome Charlotte Street merchandise as a gift for your thoughtfulness.


Here is a list of external resources available for artists impacted the COVID-19 outbreak:

Local art-supporting institutions:

ArtsKC (general listing of local resources):
https://artskc.org/resourcesforartists/

Mid-America Arts Alliance (grants and workshops):
https://www.maaa.org/about/

Midwest Music Foundation (COVID-19 grants for KC area musicians):
https://midwestmusicfoundation.org/covidreliefform/

Arts Topeka (local grants for Topeka-area artists):
https://artstopeka.org/grants

The Arts Council of Johnson County
https://artsjoco.org/acjc/ 

Additional Funding Resources for Individual Artists due to the COVID-19 Outbreak (available as of 10/30/2020 unless otherwise noted):

Actors Fund (emergency medical assistance for actors):
https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

Artist Relief ($5,000 grants to artists in the US, ends November 18)
https://www.artistrelief.org/

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center:
https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-and-response-center

American Society of Journalists and Authors (COVID-relief grants for writers):
https://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF

Authors League Fund (for writers experiencing a loss of income due to COVID-19):
https://authorsleaguefund.org/

Dramatists Guild Foundation (COVID-19 grants for actors):
https://dramatistsguildfoundation.submittable.com/submit/164145/covid-19-emergency-grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (COVID-19 relief funds 2.0 ends December 1st):
https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants-covid-19-fund

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (general grants for individual artists and nonprofit organizations):
https://pkf.org/our-grants/#pollock-krasner-foundation-grant

SAG-AFTRA (COVID-19 relief for SAG-AFTRA artists):
http://sagfoundation.org/assistance/emergency-assistance/

Science Fiction Writers of America (emergency funds for medical costs):
https://www.sfwa.org/about/benevolent-funds/emergency-medical-fund/

Sweet Relief (Emergency grant relief for musicians)
https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html

The Arts Council of Johnson County (COVID-19 Cultural Arts Relief Program, Application deadline November 9):
https://artsjoco.org/acjc/artist-opportunities/

Additional Resource Lists / Information for Individual Artists:

List of COVID-19 resources from Artists at Risk Connection:
https://artistsatriskconnection.org/story/covid-19-resources-for-artists

A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances (What You Need to Know): https://www.annuity.org/financial-literacy/covid-19-financial-guide/

List of COVID-19 resources from Creative Capital:
https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

List of emergency relief programs from Artist Communities:
https://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs

Actors Fund (grants for dance resources):
https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/dancers-resource

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant (emergency grants for artists):
https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant/

American Guild of Musical Artists (emergency aid relief for musicians):
https://agmarelief.org/

Artist Fellowship (emergency grants for visual artists):
http://artistsfellowship.org/financial.html

Arts Administrators of Color (microgrants for BIPOC admins and artists):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa-CET6Vt6XygR-CaQ/viewform

The Blue Foundation (emergency grants for artists):
https://blues.org/hart-fund/

Carnegie Fund for Authors (grants for writers):
https://www.carnegiefundforauthors.org/grant-eligibility

Dramatists Guild Foundation (emergency grants for actors):
https://dgf.org/programs/grants/grants-for-writers/

Haven Foundation (grants for freelance artists):
http://www.thehavenfdn.org/guidelines/

Charlotte Street is committed to supporting employees with full pay and will still fulfill financial agreements made with local and national artists for their cancelled programs. Charlotte Street is also working closely with local and national collaborators to provide financial aid to local artists. More information about these available resources will be available soon.

Because of changes made in response to COVID-19, Charlotte Street will be postponing the grand opening of the new headquarters indefinitely past the spring 2020 season. Construction of the new headquarters is still ongoing, as Newkirk Novak is close to finishing construction. COVID-19 safety standards and precautions are being enforced and monitored at the construction site. To learn more about our new headquarters, read our FAQ page here.

As more updates release regarding Kansas City’s public health status with COVID-19, you can expect Charlotte Street to provide more updates to this page, Twitter and Facebook channels. You can also sign up for email updates regarding event information here.

In response to programming changes because of COVID-19, Executive/Artistic Director Amy Kilgman states, “We feel strongly that the health and safety of our community is first priority, and in this moment of national health crisis we hope all of the artists and audience members in our community are practicing safety precautions as recommended by the CDC and WHO. In light of this, Charlotte Street will be focused on grantmaking and finding ways to support our community of artists in this time of extreme need.  We look forward to a future moment when it will be safe to resume gathering and public programming, and will stay in communication about the fluidity of our calendar as it becomes more clear when that moment will be.”

Charlotte Street Foundation will continue to monitor developments and policies set forth by state, county and local authorities, as well as follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for guidance and updates. If you have a concern about your health or safety at an upcoming program, please contact us at communications@charlottestreet.org.

To learn more about the Coronavirus and how you can prepare yourself for preventative measures, please read the CDC’s summary about COVID19 here.

March 12, 2020 Update

As Charlotte Street Foundation processes recent updates regarding COVID-19, staff and board at Charlotte Street Foundation want to reiterate that the health and safety of local artists, arts patrons, and staff in Kansas City is our highest priority.

In response to the changing status of Kansas City’s public safety, Charlotte Street is being proactive in conversations with artists and partners about our public programs. As the situation progresses, we anticipate that some events will likely be cancelled or delayed as part of our safety protocol. Charlotte Street will continue to update the public about program delays and cancellations through our website and on our social media channels of FacebookTwitter and Instagram. You can also sign up for email updates regarding event information here.

Charlotte Street Foundation will continue to monitor developments and policies set forth by state, county and local authorities, as well as follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for guidance and updates. Should event and program cancellations become a necessary reality, Charlotte Street Foundation will cancel public programs to encourage social distancing, one of the strategies most recommended to limit transmission of COVID-19.

If you have a concern about your health or safety at an upcoming program, please contact us at communications@charlottestreet.org.

To learn more about the Coronavirus and how you can prepare yourself for preventative measures, please read the CDC’s summary about COVID19 here.

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