I wasn’t ready to travel into new dimensions on a Tuesday afternoon. But at the Nerman Museum, the artworks of Charlotte Street Foundation fellows glyneisha, Cory Imig, and Kathy Liao created portals that shaped the space around me in new ways.
Cory Imig’s abstract installations, glyneisha’s sacred spaces, and Kathy Liao’s massive drawings constitute the Portals show housed within the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College.
Charlotte Street Foundation’s New Grant Series Breathes Life into Kansas City’s Grassroots Art
As the broader Kansas City cultural landscape reemerges from the depths of a pandemic, the Charlotte Street Foundation has inaugurated a new funding stream to benefit some of the community’s smallest creative organizations. Unveiled in 2021, the Cultural Producer Grants are the product of an intensive collaboration between the Charlotte Street Foundation team and David Hughes, Jr., the group’s founder and emeritus director.
Although Kansas City’s arts community is fortunate to have the support of innumerable generous benefactors, the Cultural Producer Grants are specifically geared toward assisting small, artist-run operations that typically subsist on modest budgets. Amy Kligman, executive director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, explains how these organizations “have historically been underfunded and are primarily run on the volunteer efforts and funds of the organizers . . . we are hoping to contribute to more sustainable and equitable ongoing operations for the grantees.”
After a year deferred, the 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows finally get their exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Recognized for their excellent work and chosen by a panel of local and national curators, the artists receive financial support and exposure through their exhibition.