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Upcoming Events

March 7 - May 24, 2019

Digitizing Kansas City’s LGBTQ Video History

Do you have vhs tapes that need preserving?

Are there moments in your community history stuck on tapes you can no longer access? In an effort to preserve the content marooned on this fragile format, The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives (RCMA) offers a free analog-to-digital conversion service. From political demonstrations and parades, to DIY documentaries and home movies, we are here to help you save those long-forgotten tapes before it is too late!

This Spring, RCMA is partnering with Mid-Continent Public Library in our search for a picture of LGBTQ+ life in the Midwest between 1977-2006. Schedule a 90-minute appointment at one of the nine MCPL branches we are touring and bring your video tapes in for free digitization. Video transfer is performed in real-time with live audio commentary from participants.

Visit to book an appointment today! Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 5 - 7 PM

AN EFFIGY TO MYSELF : a public program dedicated to mourning our past selves

AN EFFIGY TO MYSELF : a public program dedicated to mourning our past selves

On Wednesday, May 29th from 5-7 PM at la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO), please join Charlotte Street Foundation for a free public program before the opening of Melt on Friday, May 31st! This will be one of the last public programs to exist in la Esquina Gallery before it closes so you will not want to miss out on this opportunity.

“Lost has indeed made a tenuous we of us all—not just because we have all experienced losses, but because in some significant way, we all are loss.” Judith Butler

There is something “never again” about the selves we once were; that ideal, that portrait, that symbol of what our predecessors decided we’d be, but because we’ve decided differently we find ourselves lost in a self we’ve been unwilling to let go of. We didn’t know who we were when we were born, then we spent most of our lives trying to figure it out only to learn that self we were searching after is not who we are, it is not who we are now; and now we are left with the dead weight of an identity we didn’t choose to carry -- An Effigy To Myself is a burial of that identity.

This is an invitation from artist B Bečvář to come and participate in this transformative ceremony. Guests are invited to share writings, eulogies, testimonials and or burnable effigies they’ve created in memory of their past self, a self they no longer are. This dedicated time for mourning will also be a celebration and an embrace of transformation. Guests who wish to share will step up to an open mic and read their prepared statement, and once finished will be encouraged to let go and burn their object in a small fire pit. This is a chance for us to properly say goodbye to the person we use to be, and begin to heal from the trauma that comes along with having a self we no longer recognize.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th from 5-7pm at La Esquina Gallery as we let go of what we use to be and begin to welcome what we are now.

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Friday, May 31 through Saturday, June 29th, 2019


Melt Charlotte Street Foundation —  La Esquina — Opening May 31st 2019

Artists included: Bo Hubbard, B Becvar, Kelly Runningen, Trey Hock and Jaime David, Lauren Louvel Louise Whitacre, 2007 Balquier, and William Plummer

Curated by Camile E. Messerley

We all wait, whether we are on-call and know something is coming or not; while waiting we carry an ache or hope in anticipation of a delivery.

The artists you will come to know in the exhibition Melt are both in the process of waiting and are on-call. The artists carry the wait in objects and sensations— while they are seeking, discerning, and intuiting forms of being in-between it is important to know that their artworks are not a short term fix or a means to an end. The images and installations you will find in Melt are in their nature in-transition. The artists in Melt are unpacking and sifting through their documentation of home, of people who do and do not currently live in these homes with us, the people who have been removed from our homes, our geographic location, of their respective and collected solitudes.

In between the solitary yet often reciprocative feelings that come from the drip-drop-oobleck of time there is a tension sitting on a spectrum of experiences reaching between patience and empathy. When a popsicle melts you get juice, cold juice, but it’s sticky, not everyone likes to be sticky. A popsicle will melt in your mouth as you eat, but if it melts before you have it on your tongue why do you no longer want the sweet juice, because it’s messy? What about the form is so satisfying that it cannot possibly hold you the same way it did in its perfect rectangular shape?


What we ask of you in between now and Memorial Day is this: “Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does” — Eva Hesse, German-born Sculptor.


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Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 3PM to 9PM

The Big Top! at the Neighborhood Artists Residency

You are invited to bring family and friends to "The Big Top!" at the Neighborhood Artists Residency! On Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 3PM to 9PM, community members of the Troost Corridor are invited to participate in fun, family-friendly arts activities with peers!

Supported by the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Neighborhood Artists Residency is located at 4001 Troost Avenue, KCMO and focuses on community support through arts opportunities and programs.

You are invited to participate in creative input with your fellow neighbors through interactive art activities, performances, food, music, and community conversations!

Bring your family and friends to paint murals with several Kansas City artists! Featured arts programming will be provided by Start the Arts.

More information will be announced soon! Be sure to check back in to see what exciting programs and activities we announce!

For more information, you can contact Neighborhood Residency Coordinator Selina ONeal at or 816-721-5311.

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Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2019


ASMRS. JUG is a tactile sound performance presented by local artists Jametatone and Joey Watson.  Said to be a "living sequence of ASMR gestures for acoustic synthesizers and household objects," this experience is sure to explore the sensory response for all senses that you can experience. For two nights, the duo will be exalting the mundane via subtle fluctuations in air pressure through their music, objects, and visual presentation. 6 people per session will all be able to experience the stimulation in parallel through wireless headphones.

Ten performances are offered on the evenings Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2019. Each performance is 44 minutes long and accommodates six people. Seats must be RSVP'd through Eventbrite at Tickets are free and open to the public.

The following performance times are:
  • Friday, June 21 at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, June 21 at 8:00 PM
  • Friday, June 21 at 9:00 PM
  • Friday, June 21 at 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 PM

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