In Press Release, Residencies, Startup Residency, Studio Residency Program
Originally from Bari, Southern Italy, first year Charlotte Street Resident Alberto Racanati (alias Alber) is a musician and creator established in Kansas City, MO

KANSAS CITY, MO, April 11, 2024: Charlotte Street’s Residency Program opens its doors on Saturday, April 27, 2024 for its annual Open Studios event. This free community program will be located at Charlotte Street’s campus at 3333 Wyoming Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 from 3:00 to 10:00 PM. Open Studios highlights recent work of the 31 visual artists, writers, and performers currently in Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program, along with the 3 emerging art entities in the StartUp Residency Program.

Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process for many of the most forward-thinking emerging and mid-career artists in Kansas City. This once-a-year event is an opportunity to meet with artists and enjoy free performances and readings throughout the day. 

For interview requests with Charlotte Street Residency + Programs Manager Pat Alexander or any of the artists featured in Open Studios 2024, contact Amanda Middaugh at [email protected] or 816-994-7734.



Elaine Buss
Celina Curry
Kevin Demery
Juan Diego Gaucin
Jackob Graves
Húng Lê
Nina Littrell
Lacey Lynn Tink
SunYoung Park
Sally Paul
Adams Puryear
Frank Thong
Jonny Ulasien

Aleah Washington


Danielle Anderson
Kennedy Banks
Alexis Borth
Nick Carswell
Olivia Emert
Katarina Fitzpatrick
Jade Green
Alberto Racanati
Oscar Trujillo
Evan Verploegh


rae atakpa
Melissa Ferrer-Civil
Marisa Grady
Andrew Johnson
Jenny Molberg
Sandra Revelle


Astringent Press

Cheeks Studio

Yum Yum Ceramics

Left to Right: Visual artist SunYoung Park and writer Sandra Revelle in their Charlotte Street Studios. Choreographer/dancer Óscar Trujillo will perform in the Charlotte Street Stern Theater at 7:30 PM.


3:30 PM           Danielle Andersonú ONE WOMAN SHOW

Danielle Anderson/Danielle Ate the Sandwich performs as multiple comedic characters in a parade of silliness and song, humorously examining the not-so-pleasant parts of ourselves, and challenging our ability to change.

4:00 PM            Alexis Borthú Alexis Borth + Co. Selected Works

Alexis Borth & Co. (including Óscar Trujillo and local dance artists) will show excerpts of choreography/performance works from past, current, and future works-in-progress within Alexis Borth’s repertoire and collaborations. Join us for an engaging moment of dance, and interactive play in the black box theater! Bring your creativity – we may be asking for your input mid-performance!

4:30 PM           Kennedy Banksú House is My Gospel     

First year choreographer/dancer Kennedy Banks performs. Featuring Jontel McKay.

5:00 PM           rae atakpa, Melissa Ferrer Civil, Marissa Grady, Andrew Johnson, Jenny Molberg, Sandra Revelleú Writers’ Block Party

Literary artists read new poems, essays, stories, and excerpts written during the residency.

6:00 PM            Olivia Emertú Incubation

First year resident and choreographer, Olivia Emert presents Incubation, a collection of works that highlight her past year of incubation. These pieces feature local Kansas City dance artists.

6:30 PM           Alberto Racanatiú In the Room  

In the Room is a musical experience crafted by Alber. A lush, deep and intimate vibe where the only must is to feel yourself as a whole with the space, the people around you, and the vibrations permeating the air.

7:00 PM           Katarina Fitzpatrickú Machine Learning

Four artificial intelligences walk into a bar at the end of the universe. An excerpt from Through Her Eyes: Future Worlds, a compilation of female choreographers presenting visions of imagined futures. Featuring Nora Burkitt-Davis, Christine Frisbie, Carolyn Radke, Luisa Pierce. See the full production May 19th at The Bauer. More information available at

7:30 PM           Óscar Trujillo ú Duets and Solos

Óscar Trujillo is presenting a series of duets and solos with Katie Brennan and Jacory Deon, exploring different aspects of queer becoming, desire, and exile.

8:00 PM           Hadiza.ú Diaspora Gothic          

Second year resident, Hadiza., performs new songs in development that will be featured on the forthcoming album Diaspora Gothic.

8:30 PM           Nick Carswellú The Hand, The Wave      

Two solo pieces inspired by identity and belonging, the arbitrary lines that divide our people and places, and the reckoning required to heal and learn from our shared histories. Utilizing live electronics, piano, guitar and vocals, and accompanied by video projection.

9:00 PM           Jade Greenú Got My Lick Back!!!           

Sonic musings on revenge and justice by second year studio resident artist, Jade Green.

9:30 PM           Evan Verploeghú Apricot Glow  

Apricot Glow is an improvised music project led by Evan Verploegh that incorporates elements of free jazz, noise, and dance/groove music. The performance will be accompanied by a psychedelic liquid light show. Featuring Leslie Butsch, Fritz Hutchinson, Keith Mueller, Lily Mueller, Rosie O’Brien, Aaron Osborne, Alberto Racanati, and RJ Schultze.


Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency program provides visual artists, writers, and generative performing artists with a rich creative environment that promotes community-building, creative production, artistic experimentation, learning, and cross-disciplinary work. Approximately 30 artists each year receive free studio space (accessible 24/7), rehearsal space, professional development, exhibition and performance opportunities, and mentorships. Charlotte Street’s annual Open Studios event makes Resident art more accessible to a broad public audience and encourages exchange and collaboration among the Studio Residents. Artists receive Residency for two-year terms, on a rotating basis, with a new cohort of approximately 15 joining each June.


The two-year Startup Residency makes it possible for emerging area arts organizations to test their visions and create a proof-of-concept, bolstered by the support of free storefront space, mentorship from established art administrators and creative entrepreneurs, community engagement, and marketing support. Charlotte Street selects artist-run startups that are unique, push boundaries, and fill a gap in the Kansas City arts ecology, with particular focus on organizations that address an unmet need or provide resources or a platform for underrepresented art communities or disciplines.

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 $2.5 million​ in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects and has hosted countless exhibitions, performances, convenings, and conversations connecting and challenging Kansas City’s contemporary art ecosystem. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit ​


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