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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.
Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award
Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are creating exceptional, contemporary work. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. The 2020 Visual Artist Awards application period is now closed. This will open again in the fall of 2020.
Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award
The Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards aim to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based artists producing exceptional performance-based work that is original, innovative, and progressive. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. The 2020 Generative Performing Artist Award application period is now closed. This application will open again in the fall of 2020.
The Crossroads Artboards is a public art program administered by Charlotte Street Foundation. The Artboards are exterior, double-sided billboards rising above BOK Financial’s Crossroads location at 125 Southwest Boulevard, and present new, commissioned images by Kansas City area artists rotating approximately every three months. A call for proposals is issued each Fall. The deadline for the 2020 Artboards was on November 18, 2019. This call is now closed. The next call will open in fall of 2020.
Charlotte Street Open Call
The Charlotte Street Foundation accepts programming submissions on a rolling basis. Applicants can be artists (of any discipline), curators, or cultural producers wishing to partner with Charlotte Street to produce programming on or off site of Charlotte Street’s exhibition spaces.
Proposals may be for contemporary arts projects including, but not limited to, visual art exhibitions, installations, original live performances (dance, theater, music, performance art, spoken word, etc.), video screenings, literary readings/events, public programs, and collaborative projects.
This call is always open. Deadlines are January 31st and July 30th every year.
The Rocket Grants program fuels the energy of the Kansas City regional visual arts community by encouraging and supporting inventive, under-the-radar, and public-facing work in non-traditional spaces. Rocket Grants is administered by Charlotte Street and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This call is closed. The next call will open in 2021.
Charlotte Street StartUp Residency
Charlotte Street’s pilot StartUp Residency program aims to foster the development of an up-and-coming, innovative startup such as an artist-run collaborative, business, or organization. This pilot program builds upon Charlotte Street’s 20-year history of providing support and catalytic opportunities for Kansas City-based arts initiatives, entrepreneurs, and collaborative groups in their earliest stages of development. This call is closed. The next call will open in fall of 2020.
Charlotte Street Studio Residency
The Charlotte Street Studio Residency provides free studio and rehearsal spaces to exceptional young, emerging and/or already accomplished artists in need of space in which to create and to develop their creative processes, professional practices, and peer networks. This call is closed. This call will open in April 2020.
Charlotte Street Curatorial Residency
Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency aims to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. The Program provides support and a public platform for an emerging curator to develop and present original, community-responsive contemporary arts programming.