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Via The Pitch KC
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.
Via KC Studio Magazine
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.”
Via KC Studio Magazine
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.
Via Kansas City Magazine
Since Eddie Moore arrived in Kansas City in 2010, he has been a trailblazer on the jazz fusion scene and beyond. His original music draws heavily from hip-hop with live sampling and looping, as well as soul and rock, all while remaining deeply rooted in the improvisatory nature and tradition of jazz. His 2013 debut album as a bandleader, The Freedom of Expression by Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle, gained momentum and was awarded a solid review from Downbeat Magazine. In August, in conjunction with Charlotte Street Foundation, Moore launched a one-of-a-kind multimedia performance series: ProdoLAB. The series brings together creatives of all types, combining improvised music and visual art.
Via KC Studio
Organized by the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Jedel Family Foundation Curatorial Fellow Kimi Kitada, “With Liberty and Justice” features the works of nine contemporary artists looking closely at American history. As Kitada stated on the foundation’s website, “the show provides a space to re-learn histories, focusing on the omissions and erasures of BIPOC voices in American history.”
Via KC Studio Magazine
If there is something close to cinema withdrawal, it would be the sensation of having just returned from a trip to someplace both exotic and familiar. The Kansas City Underground Film Festival, which opened Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 26, features 114 films, culled, says KCUFF’s director and co-founder Willy Evans, from 800 submissions requiring 400 hours of viewing by the KCUFF board. Represented are 27 countries, and 39 of the films are from filmmakers in Missouri and Kansas. The festival succeeds in presenting the familiar in its weirdness and the exotic in its commonplace.
Via UMKC Roo News
The Charlotte Street Foundation Gallery recently opened a new art exhibition, “With Liberty and Justice.”
Artists from across the country have paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and poetry on display. The exhibition provides views from different racial and cultural backgrounds that create a more complete image of American history.
“I ask that you enter this space with a lens of empathy,” Kansas City artist Courtney Faye Taylor told visitors. “Most of all, I ask that you be changed.”
Via Terremoto Magazine (Mexico City)
The visual regimes of photography and film have long been accomplices to imperialist enterprises and state sanctioned-violence in rewriting the terms and tellings of history. Images, still or moving, have a way instructing us as much as they help us remember, and it is in this duality that parallel histories of dissent and oppression can be read simultaneously. Aftermaths is an exhibition bringing together artists with attachments to Latin America and the Arab world who engage photographic and filmic archives in order to unfurl the complexity of history and its visual records.
KANSAS CITY — Smack in the middle of flyover country and situated in the semi-industrial yet woodsy Volker neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, a shiny new beacon for community-driven arts incubation opened its doors in a former medical parts factory. The brand new, 20,000-square-foot Charlotte Street Foundation building celebrated its grand opening on June 11 and 12 with a ribbon-cutting, multiple exhibitions, and open studios. The $10 million transformation is evidence that sometimes DIY grassroots efforts can conduct multi-million dollar capital campaigns to build a state-of-the-art facility, while at the same time steadfastly holding on to an artist-driven core mission to support and catalyze a local artistic community.