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Opportunity Equity

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.


Call for Submissions

New Music Composition Competition

Charlotte Street is excited to announce the New Music Composition Competition (NMC) to composers in the Kansas City metro area. Charlotte Street Foundation and Mother Russia Industries are seeking submissions for innovative new music composition proposals. Six composers’ submissions will be awarded $100 stipend and the opportunity to collaborate and present the new work with a professional music ensemble. The finished score (text, graphic, traditional, non-traditional scores of all types) will debut in an exclusive, one-time performance at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Black Box Theatre on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. Individual composers interested in participating can submit work examples and a letter of interest to The deadline to submit proposals is May 10, 2021. Announcements will be made May 30, 2021.

Please send proposals to, with the subject line NEW COMPOSITIONS. Questions should be directed to Pat Alexander at

A Q&A session with ensemble members will be held Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00-7:30 PM CST on Zoom. RSVP using the button below.

Crossroads Artboards

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 where new, commissioned images by six Kansas City-area artists will rotate approximately every three months. This year’s Artboards will be on display from July 2021 through March 2022. Applications are due Monday, May 10, 2021.


Rocket Relief Emergency Grant

The Rocket Relief program aims to provide emergency support to individual artists in the Kansas City bi-state (or Missouri/Kansas bi-state) region. This grant is intended to help artists whose income has been impacted by the Corona Virus Pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs and child care. This fund is open to all self-identifying visual, multi-disciplinary, and performing artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. Grant amounts are available as flat stipends of $1000. Eligible artists will be included in a distribution pool, from which 10 artists per week will be chosen by lottery until all funds are exhausted. Once an artist has entered the pool and confirmed as eligible, they will remain in the pool and weekly selection process until funds are fully depleted. The call is currently OPEN.


Next week marks the halfway point for the Rocket Relief Emergency Grant and artists in need of emergency relief aid are still heavily encouraged to apply. Charlotte Street and Spencer Museum of Art, with underwriting from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts are extending Rocket Relief’s third-cycle. The final day to apply is Sunday, April 25, 10:59 CST. Kansas City-area artists seeking financial relief from the coronavirus pandemic can continue applying to Rocket Relief’s weekly drawings until its $115,000 fund is fully distributed.

Rocket Grants

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 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.

Open Call

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.


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

Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program provides free studio and rehearsal spaces to a mixed disciplinary cohort of exceptional artists for 2 year-long terms. Through the program’s offerings—which include free studio space, advisors, public programs, monthly cohort meetings and presentations, studio visits and access to a multidisciplinary network of artist peers—Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program encourages creative production, artistic experimentation, professional development, and community building. The program fosters CSF’s values of risk taking, openness, excellence, and collaboration by creating an environment where artists use the platforms and resources available to meet personal goals and career milestones. The 2021 Studio Residents will be selected through a competitive juried portfolio process.  Artists will be notified by April, 30th 2021. Studio move-in and group orientation is Sunday, June 20th, 2021.

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.