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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

Crossroads Artboards

The Crossroads Artboards is a public art program administered by Charlotte Street Foundation. The Artboards are exterior, double-sided billboards located 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. 

The Crossroads Artboards application period is now closed. This application will open again on November 22, 2021.


Rocket Relief Emergency Fund for Artists

The Rocket Relief program aims to provide emergency support to individual artists in the Kansas City regional bi-state (or Missouri/Kansas bi-state) region within 80 miles of Kansas City. This grant is intended to help artists whose income has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, housing, medical costs, and child care. This fund is open to all self-identifying visual artists in the Rocket Relief region. Grant amounts are available as flat stipends of $1,000.

Rocket Relief utilizes a lottery method that is weighted to prioritize applications based on financial need. 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 is confirmed as eligible, they will remain in the pool and weekly selection process until funds are fully depleted.

The Rocket Relief emergency grant program is now accepting applications now through September 26, 2021. Applicants who want to be included in the first drawing should apply by August 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Artists selected from the first round will be notified August 30, 2021.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For a chance to be selected, visual artists can apply on Sundays by 11:59 PM until September 26, 2021 or until funds run out.

Applications are only accepted online through the Call for Entry (CaFE) system. Emailed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Should you need assistance or help with the application process email

Cultural Producer Grant Program

The Cultural Producers Grant Program awards $50,000 in total funds for low-budget grassroots arts organizations and artist-run projects in Kansas City. Kansas City has long enjoyed a thriving and diverse ecology of small artist-run spaces, collectives, groups, and organizations, which have sometimes suffered from lack of support needed to establish sustainability. These new Cultural Producer Grants aim to both draw attention to these critical elements of our arts ecosystem as well as direct some much needed support their way.

Submissions are due August 16, 2021. Applicants should send their submissions to

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 Rocket Grants application period is now closed. The next call will open on May 22, 2022.


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.

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.

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. 

The StartUp Residency application period is now closed. This application will open again in 2023.

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.

The Studio Residency Program application period is now closed. This application will open again on February 26, 2022. 

Charlotte Street Curatorial Fellowship

Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Fellowship 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.

The Curatorial Fellowship application period is now closed. This application will open again in 2023.