Awarding $20,000 annually to exceptional generative performing artists in the Kansas City region


Charlotte Street launched its Generative Performing Artist Awards in 2008 as a parallel program to the Visual Artist Awards. With the 2018 Awards, Charlotte Street has continued to act as a catalyst for discovering and supporting contemporary performing art, and has now distributed $190,000 to 23 performing artists creating original new work in the fields of dance, theater, music, performance, spoken word, and hybrid/interdisciplinary performance based forms. These Awards aim to recognize and meaningfully support artists producing exceptional performance based work that is original, innovative, and progressive.

A rotating panel of Awards Advisors are responsible for selecting the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows each year. Each of the Awards Advisors nominates a selection of Kansas City area artists for consideration. Nominations are also invited from a panel of Community Advisors, appointed each year by the Awards Advisors. Nominated artists are then invited to submit images and support materials for consideration.

The recipients are selected based on the quality of their work and accomplishments to date, for their promise for continued creation and development as generative artists, and for the relevance of their work in relation to the broader field of contemporary art and performance.

Two unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 annually

Recognize artists creating outstanding, innovative, original work in the fields of dance, theatre, music, performance art, and hybrid/interdisciplinary

Since 2016, artists awarded opportunity to perform in connection with the Visual Artist Award exhibition

$190,000 in cash grants distributed to date

2019 Generative Performing Artists

2019 Generative Performing Artist Award Panelists

Darren Canady

Playwright and Associate Professor at University of Kansas (Topeka, KS)

Denise Chapman

Associate Director of the Performing Arts at The Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE)

Patrick Alonzo Conway

Percussionist, wind player and composer (Kansas City, MO)

Dr. Charlotte Farrell

Director at CPR – Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn, NY)