In Press Release

Kansas City, MO, May 11, 2023: Join Charlotte Street for our second annual free Community Block Party on May 27th from 1 PM to 5 PM, featuring campus-wide family-friendly activities, giveaways, interactive art experiences, community partners, and food. Grab lunch from Julita’s Food Truck from 1-3 PM, explore Charlotte Street’s latest exhibit SITE Seeing, pick up a native Missouri plant for your garden, cool off with a popsicle from Palacana, and enjoy a performance from singer/songwriter Julia Haile from 4-5 PM. After the tremendous success of last year’s event, we are excited to continue on this new tradition.

The idea for Charlotte Street began as backyard barbeques hosted by artists at the Charlotte Street Mission, which inspired the creation of the Charlotte Street nonprofit in 1997 by our founder David Hughes, Jr.. The Block Party is a part of our ongoing history and mission to be an active community space for all to experience and celebrate art together. With that origin in mind we work to create a space that connects our neighbors across the city to Kansas City’s most vibrant and forward thinking art and artists.

The Block Party is a celebration where we can come together to create and bond and build better connections with one another, just as those backyard barbeques did 25 years ago. 

Some of Charlotte Street’s larger community of neighbors, arts organizations and community partners will have a presence at this year’s Block Party, including KC Zine Con, Drama Time, The DB Approach, Mattie Rhodes, Smalter Gallery, KC Rainbow Tour, and more.

Charlotte Street Community Block Party

May 27, 2023

1PM to 5PM

At the Charlotte Street Campus

3333 Wyoming, KCMO 64111

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Charlotte Street centers Kansas City’s most forward-thinking visual artists, writers, and performers—acting as the primary incubator, provocateur, and connector for the region’s contemporary arts community, and its leading advocate on the national stage. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $2 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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