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Upcoming Events

A Series Component of Because of This

12 Eye Hue

Formerly known as Here We Are. We Are Here12 Eye Hue is an audio archive that draws upon the experiences of Black and Indigenous peoples of color who reside in the Midwest region of the United States. An audio assemblage of music, literature, and recordings, 12 Eye Hue asks the listener, “Because of this, I am…” Listen to the full archive by clicking HERE. This program is a part of Because of This, a year-long exhibition + performance series that celebrates contemporary Black artistic life through the healing and transformative works of Midwest artists of the African Diaspora. Because of This is an ambitious undertaking in community building, spearheaded by curator Mary Lawson (Omaha, NE) whose selection of over twenty virtual and outdoor programs include visual art, performances, audio archive, panel discussions, and community bike rides.

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September 16-26, 2021 on Thursdays through Sundays

KC Underground Film Festival

Kansas City filmmakers and movie connoisseurs are flocking to see the second annual KC Underground Film Festival hosted by Charlotte Street in the Stern Theater! Showcasing the most underseen and underappreciated independent films, this year's line up includes 117 films from 27 countries, including 42 Local titles. This eight-day event takes place Thursdays through Saturdays from September 16-26 and is FREE to the public! Masks are required indoors. Proof of vaccination required upon entry Please review Charlotte Street's most up to date COVID-19 protocol at View the full lineup of films on the KC Underground Film Festival website at:  
  ABOUT KCUFF Operating under the umbrella of Film Society KC, KCUFF aims to create a dynamic film culture in Kansas City by promoting and supporting local filmmakers and theaters, providing educational programs and events, and creating transformative movie experiences for film enthusiasts.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 3:00-5:00 PM

Because of This Panel Discussion: Black + Indigenous Histories and Futures in the Midwest

Join Charlotte Street for the first Because of This Panel Discussion: Black + Indigenous Histories and Futures in the Midwest! As a part of the year-long series, Because of This, curator Mary Lawson has organized two panel discussions that will explore why Black and Indigenous peoples choose to make the Midwest their creative home. Why do those with roots in the Midwest choose to leave for other creative communities? Speakers will center and affirm the contributions of past, present, and future of Black and Indigenous artists, historians, designers, developers, musicians, and poets in the Midwest.

The main portion of this panel discussion will focus on the progress, newer developments, and gentrification of Midwestern cities. Panelists invite audiences to share what is working, what needs more attention, and what visions do communities to have for a better quality of life for all residents in the places we call home.


Jewel Rodgers


Emmanuel Cook Jr. Triveece Penelton Sarah Rowe Alex Kimball Williams  


Jewel Rodgers is a budding real estate developer committed to ethically built communities. Before earning her Master’s in Real Estate Development from New York University, she contributed as a community builder in Lincoln, Nebraska, while earning a Bachelor’s in Business Management, minoring in Community and Regional Planning. Then, and now, she continues to serve as a public speaker, spoken word poet, and conversation facilitator native to North Omaha, Nebraska. 


Emmanuel Cook is a place-maker and urban planner who works to develop vibrant places and more livable built environments. Manne works closely with local artists and grassroots organizations to produce events, exhibitions, and creative place based projects. He is the project lead for Spark CDI and recently worked for the City of Omaha planning department where he led the Forever North Strategy and specialized in planning for people-oriented, human-scale development for the neighborhood planning section.     Trivecee Penelton is a city planner and public involvement innovator. She is also the creator of the Digicate® software application for community engagement. Triveece works with community organizations and government agencies. Her projects blend community planning with intensive public engagement, education, information sharing, messaging, and branding. Her strengths lie in developing and executing planning/engagement processes that use creative and innovative tools. Triveece is an Inaugural Steering Committee Member of Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy & Leadership (PHEAL) and an alumna of the Racial Equity Institute. In addition, her work has won the APWA National Exceptional Performance Award - Journalism, MOVITE Excellence in Transportation Achievement Award, WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award, and a NOMA NAACP Seed Award for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Design. Prior to joining Vireo, Triveece served as a long-range planner with Kansas City, Missouri’s Planning and Development Department in its Planning, Preservation and Urban Design Division. Her work involved detailed analysis of changing community issues and urban design guideline implementation. Sarah Rowe is a multidisciplinary artist based in Omaha, NE. Her work opens cross cultural dialogues by utilizing methods of painting, sculpture, fiber arts, performance, and Native American ceremony in unconventional ways. Rowe holds a BA in Studio Art from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. She is of Lakota and Ponca descent.     Alex Kimball Williams is a multicultural artivist (artist + activist), musician, writer, & community organizer. Their work focuses on ethnopolitics, medical activism, & environmentalism. Kimball Williams co-founded B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence (Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas) & currently performs a project titled Bad Alaskan, featuring electronic music with Indigenous dance & meditative elements.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:30-9:30 AM

Because of This: Just Ride Series #2

Just Ride is a community bike ride series rooted in the ideas of community, communities + mobility justice. Organized by Urban Planner and Placemaker, Emmanuel Cook Jr., Just Ride advocates for the right to live in and move through public space without the fear of violence, harm, or oppression. This series partners with BikeWalk KC’s bike share program and was curated by Mary Lawson as a part of the programming for BECAUSE OF THIS. Shero/Moderator Jennifer Lin of Black Girls Do Ride KC will be co-leading Just Ride Bike Ride on Saturday, September 25!  It’s like a pep rally for black girls on bikes!'s interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. We champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially, black women and girls. We are establishing a comfortable place where lady cyclists can support, advise, organize meet-ups/rides and promote skill-sharing. We look to share positive images of ladies and their bikes that affirm the truth that black girls do indeed bike! We support bike advocacy, awareness, education, and safety in all communities and corners of the world. To sign-up, please RSVP using the Just Ride Series Google Form. Check back for more information about the bike route and meeting location soon!

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Friday, October 1, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 PM

Zine Workshop with Two Tone Press

Create a collaborative zine inspired by the exhibition With Liberty and Justice. Materials will be provided by Scraps KC and Two Tone Press!
Join Michelle Dreher from Two Tone Press for a zine workshop inspired by the exhibition With Liberty and Justice at Charlotte Street Foundation! In this workshop, participants will create a single zine page using collage materials and other mark-making tools. Materials will be provided by Scraps KC! Each page will be compiled together to create a single zine from the workshop. A copy of the zine will be sent to participants at a later date.
Michelle is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and started her letterpress print shop in 2005 with the help of her sister, Angela Dreher. Their aesthetic focuses on vibrant colors that incorporate bold typography and hand-carved relief illustrations layered on top of tactile patterns through the use of unconventional materials such as textured wallpaper, fabrics, and other found objects. They use this vision to create products from wedding invitations and business cards for clientele to posters and fine art prints for fun.
With Liberty and Justice is an exhibition of nine contemporary artists that reflects on the history of America, evaluates gaps in historical knowledge, and questions the mythology of America in the collective imagination. For more information, visit Charlotte Street's website.
Masks are required indoors. Proof of vaccination required upon entry. RSVP strongly encouraged. For more information about our updated COVID-19 protocol, please visit Charlotte Street's website.

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Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00-8:00 PM

Monuments to Movements: In the House of Radical Feminist Practices

Intersecting with the themes of With Liberty and Justice, Neysa Page-Lieberman will discuss her work with Monuments to Movements as the collective builds an international network and movement to re-envision public artwork. M2M seeks to elevate collective action over "hero worship" while using a feminist framework that engages Feminisms as an intersectional philosophy applied to art, policy, process and practice. Neysa will introduce the M2M model of creating engaged, community collaboration to produce new works, illuminate how the feminist framework is the most effective tool for dismantling dominant power structures and how society can elevate more artists' practices by resisting "permanence" and embracing new ways of monumentalizing. The presentation will also tie in local events in monument reckonings and actions, and share updates about M2M projects in the works.
With Liberty and Justice is an exhibition of nine contemporary artists that reflects on the history of America, evaluates gaps in historical knowledge, and questions the mythology of America in the collective imagination. For more information, visit Charlotte Street's website.
Masks are required indoors. Proof of vaccination required upon entry. RSVP strongly encouraged. For more information about our updated COVID-19 protocol, please visit Charlotte Street's website.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:00-11:00 PM

Gala 2021: Magic Mirror Ball

Join us for an evening of fantasy and intrigue featuring Kansas City artists at Charlotte Street’s spectacular new headquarters. Proceeds benefit Charlotte Street’s work to center our region’s most forward-thinking visual artists, writers, and performers, connecting artists to each other and our community.

6-8pm:   VIP Costume Studio Pre-Party 

7-11pm: Main Event

- Mind bending art installations by Barry Anderson and Rachel Hayes - Quixotic Silent Disco - Immersive performances by Haley Kostas and Jeramy Zimmerman - Captivating dance tunes by Joe McGuire - Mesmerizing music by The Black Creatures - Cuisine and cocktails from KC’s most inventive restaurants - and much more…


Creative cocktail. For inspiration click here.


Gala sponsors will begin the evening at our VIP Studio Pre-Party where they will enjoy drinks and fare from Canary KC with fellow supporters, and have the opportunity to be costumed and styled by Kansas City’s premiere designers and makeup artists. Additional details will be sent to sponsors in advance of the event.
Charlotte Street has updated its COVID-19 protocol for public events in reflection of the Delta variant and rising infection rate of COVID-19 in Kansas City and Missouri. For the safety of our staff and fellow Gala patrons Charlotte Street requires all visitors to wear masks indoors to lessen the transmission of COVID-19 and all visitors, volunteers, and event partners for Gala will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry. Our full COVID-19 protocol can be found at Sponsors and ticket holders for Gala will be notified of any major adjustments to Gala event plans in late September.

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