In the summer of 2020, Charlotte Street Foundation announced Art Where You Are At, a call providing KC-area artists the opportunity to showcase DIY, public facing arts projects that comply with social distancing measures. Each local artist received $500 stipends to put together their proposed program in Kansas City by the end of 2020. A majority of projects take place in the late summer/early fall of 2020.
Project updates and online promotion of these programs will be featured on Charlotte Street’s social media channels through the rest of the year. This call allows Charlotte Street to encourage arts programming in community spaces throughout the Kansas City metro area during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katherine Brennan – Whisper
A dance exploration and nature walk through of Cliff Drive with public tours, in collaboration with Oscar Trujillo
Melinda Hedgecorth – Art Where You Are: Drive-In Flamenco Experience
A drive-in theater performance featuring live flamenco from local group Siento y Vivo Flamenco at Alcott Arts Center.
Kiosk Gallery – Beyond 2020 Vision at Kiosk
A regional open call for a visual art mail series.
Stefanie Noll – Green
A mixed media performance livestreamed from Greenwood Social Hall.
Harold Smith – Black Summer 2020
Curated digital magazine featuring visual images from local Black artists in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of George Floyd.
SocialScope – digital video series
A trans women of color video series focused on conversations surrounding artistic survival, resiliency, and navigating safety in Kansas City in relation to COVID-19, racism and transphobia.
Elizabeth Stehling – PAUSE
Contemporary dance film in Kansas City public parks, with original music composed by local artist Stacy Busch.
Julia Vering – Re-Enactments
A multimedia performance featuring adults with dementia as actors via video projection in front of nursing home windows
Jason Zeh – Whispering Distance
Digital livestream of experimental music performance from Jason Zeh and Ithaca, NY artist Sarah Hennies
Artists were selected through a jury panel that consists of active members within Kansas City’s artist community including:
– José Faus, multidisciplinary artist, poet, Charlotte Street Foundation board member, and performer
– Kreshaun McKinney, Manager, Audience Engagement, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
– Raechell Smith, Director, H&R Block Artspace
Charlotte Street Foundation values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive art community, which we interpret as all artists having fair access to the tools and resources they need to realize their artistic endeavors. We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and communities from opportunity based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and strive to counter those inequities in our work. We encourage panelists and selection committees to actively consider and seek to recommend a diverse pool of applicants as finalists and recipients of these awards and all Charlotte Street Foundation programs.