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Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020

2020 Open Studios series

Originally scheduled for April 2020, Charlotte Street Foundation's Open Studios series is back as an online-only program series! Featuring over 15 studio residents of all practices from dance to painting, this Zoom series provides insight and reflection on how Charlotte Street Studio Residents have reacted (or not reacted) to the critical year of 2020. From Tuesday, November 24th through Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, Charlotte Street Foundation is hosting six different Q&A programs online over Zoom and Facebook Live. These programs 2020 Studio Residents space to give digital studio visits and dig deeper into their recent works. About Charlotte Street Foundation's Studio Residency Program In its seventeenth year, the Studio Residency Program provides free studio and rehearsal spaces to exceptional young, emerging, and/or already accomplished artists in need of workspace in which to create and to develop their creative processes, professional practices, and peer networks. Through the program’s offerings—which include studio space, monthly meetings, presentations, studio visits, mentorships, public programs, exhibitions, and access to a multidisciplinary network of artist peers—Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program encourages creative production, artistic experimentation and collaboration, professional development, and community building.

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Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 PM

Artists Reads @CharlotteStreet with Jermaine Thompson

Love reading? So do we!

Charlotte Street is excited to launch our Artist Reads @CharlotteStreet monthly book club. Each month we have invited an artist to recommend a book that has inspired them, brought them joy or has been pivotal in some way. You will have one month to read the book. Artists will share their relationship and interpretation of the book and facilitate the monthly discussions which will be hosted virtually at the end of 2020.

For December we will read with local writer Jermaine Thompson! He has selected "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison.

Those interested in joining the book discussion should consider the following questions suggested by Jermaine:

1. Song of Solomon is in many ways a text about the power of naming. What bearance do names and naming have on the characters and conflicts in Song of Solomon?

2. What does Song of Solomon want us to understand about inheritance and legacy?

3. There are easily searchable interviews of Toni Morrison in which she says that she writes without consideration of “the white gaze.” Many want to understand this motivation to mean that Morrison builds worlds that are free of the influence of Whiteness. How does this text disrupt that understanding?

4. How does Song of Solomon mimic an epic of Biblical proportions? What is Morrison communicating through this structure?

Want to purchase the book? Support our local bookstore Wise Blood and order your book from this link.

As we’re unable to meet in person feel free to enjoy your own refreshments as we zoom into your living room. Readers who register will be provided a zoom link before discussion on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM.

Wise Blood Booksellers is Kansas City's little bookshop on the corner, selling both new and used books and cultivating a community at 300 Westport Rd since late 2019. Visit them online now at www.wisebloodbooksellers.com.

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