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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.

Art Where You’re At: Socially Distant Art Projects

Charlotte Street Foundation is offering $500 commissions to 10 innovative artist’s projects that bring the community together through arts-based programs or collaborative art making while respecting a safe distance from other people. Eligible projects should have a public-facing aspect to the work.

Possible platforms include (but are not limited to) livestream, projections, web-publishing, publications, snail mail delivery, banners, zoom chats, google hangouts, telephone, radio, front lawn or apartment balcony installations, take-away stands like free public libraries, etc. Individual artists, artist-organizers or artist collaboratives who are not established as a nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Selections will be made and funds will be released in July. The call is currently open until Sunday, June 28 at 11:59 PM (CST).

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.
Since starting out with $120,000 at launch, we have fundraised up to $165,000 for the Rocket Relief fund! That means 45 more artists will be able to receive the emergency funds they applied for. ​The deadline remains July 17, 2020.  Originally, 10 artists ​randomly selected each week have received $1000. With this newly fundraised total, we can begin to give more and increase the number of grants awarded each week.  ​You can expect more information soon.

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.

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, 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.

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 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. Due to the COVID pandemic and Charlotte Street’s transition into the new headquarters, there will be no call for applications for the 2020 Studio Residency year. Charlotte Street’s staff thanks you for your patience and understanding as we gauge safety protocols and possibilities for the Studio Residency program in our new facility.

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.