founder/director emeritus

David H. Hughes, Jr.

Following a successful marketing career in Kansas City, arts advocate, David Hughes, Jr. followed his passion for the arts and founded Charlotte Street Foundation in 1997 to serve the needs of artists in Kansas City. Hughes recognized the need in Kansas City for an organization to support and advocate for local artists. His interests and commitment to Kansas City’s nonprofit sector has been long-standing through board service for several visual art, theatre and dance organizations, as well as, the Kansas City Art Institute. Since stepping down from Charlotte Street, Hughes has enjoyed more time with friends, traveling, and of course, more time for artists and the arts.

David Hughes, Jr. | Founder and Director Emeritus


Patrick Alexander

Programming + Studio Residency Manager
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Amy Kligman

Executive/Artistic Director
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Julia Cole

Rocket Grants Program Coordinator
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Margaret Perkins-McGuinness

Associate Director / Development & Engagement
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Laura Blumenberg

Office + Volunteer Coordinator
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Mason Andrew Kilpatrick

Marketing + Communication Manager
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Selina ONeal

Neighborhood Residency Coordinator
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“ ”
Art gets interesting when people who don’t normally share thoughts and space get together.

– Amy Kligman

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Darren Abbott

Vice President Creative, Hallmark Card, Inc

Ina Anderson, Vice President

Deputy Director, LISC

Cathy Beaham Smith

Vice President of Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Co.

Jose Faus

Studio Artist

Catherine Futter

Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Jessie McKinney

Attorney at Shook, Hardy and Bacon

Laura McCray

Vice President, HCAP Search

Julie Nelson Meers, Treasurer

Director of Strategic Engagement, Gould Evans

Josue Montes

Founder and Creative Director of 1DapperLatino, LLC

Jean-Paul Wong, Vice President

Owner, PURE Workplace Solutions

Jon Taylor, President

Founder, REACH Collaborative

Toma Wolff, Secretary

Director, Byron Cohen Gallery

Program Advisory Council

Tim Brown

Visual Artist, Co-Director of Okay Mountain in Austin, TX

Shawn Hansen

Composer/Musician, Artistic Director of Sycamore House

José Faus

Visual Artist, Muralist, Community Activist, Writer

Marcie Miller Gross

Fiber Artist, Educator

Catherine Futter

Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Amy Kligman

Executive Director, Charlotte Street

Raechell Smith

Director and Curator, KCAI

Jim Woodfill

Sculptor, Educator

Caitlin Horsmon

Co-Director, Plug Projects, Filmmaker, Educator, Community Activist

Toma Wolff

Director, Byron Cohen Gallery

Pat Alexander

Programming Director, Charlotte Street

Julia Cole

Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, Charlotte Street

National Advisory Council

Richard Armstrong

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Pamela Clapp

Former Program Director for Andy Warhol Foundation, Sante Fe, NM 

Jenny Dixon

Noguchi Museum, NY

Saralyn Reece Hardy

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

Bruce Hartman

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Aaron Landsman

Theatre Artist, NY

Ruby Lerner

formerly Creative Capital, NY

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Larry Rinder

Berkeley Museum, CA

Patterson Sims

Board President, Independent Curators International, NY

Margaret Silva

Founder, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

Gregory Volk

Independent Critic & Curator, NY

Sixto Wagon

University of Houston Center for Arts Leadership, Houston, TX

Hamza Walker

LAXART, Los Angeles, CA



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