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Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 PM

Making Moves: Improv Jam w/ Alexis Borth

Join Alexis Borth on Thursday, August 11 in an exploratory movement session as a part of our monthly series Making Moves

Borth, who will present an evening-length work with Making Moves on September 8th, will utilize elements from her creative process to inform this community experience. The Improv Jam begins at 6:30pm, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring water. This experience is appropriate for dancers and movers of all abilities and backgrounds and is open to all.

Masks required indoors. For more information about our COVID-19 Protocol, visit

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Alexis Borth is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the Conservatory of Music & Dance at UMKC, which propelled her into performances with Kansas City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Quixotic. Upon graduation she moved to New York City, freelancing for several years with notable artists, companies, and projects. Some of her highlighted credits include performing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera House and walking the runway and dancing for New York Fashion Week. Her career eventually led her to San Francisco to perform with Dance Theatre of San Francisco, and other companies around the Bay area. Her choreography has premiered at the San Francisco Art Institute, Yerba Buena Arts Center for Berkeley Ballet Theater, and various independent projects and music videos. She is a certified GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS, and yoga instructor and is currently performing, choreographing, and teaching in Kansas City and around the country. She has been on faculty for LINES Ballet’s BFA & Training Programs, taught dance classes for LINES Dance Center in San Francisco as well as UMKC’s Conservatory of Music & Dance and many other studios nationwide. As she has recently relocated back to the Midwest, Alexis is excited and grateful to use her experience to reconnect, create new productions locally and nationally, and help further a growing KC arts community.




Making Moves is a monthly dance performance series located in Kansas City, MO, curated and produced by Kyle Mullins. Making Moves is dedicated to the creation and development of new works by local and regional dance makers and to expose Kansas City audiences to a wider array of contemporary dance making.

Making Moves provides area choreographers, dancers, and audiences the opportunity to share in the process of new and experimental work in both traditional and non-traditional performance venues. Experimentation, risk-taking, collaboration, and multi-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Supported by Charlotte Street Foundation, fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas. Click here to donate.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 7:30-8:30 PM

EMAS Presents: Zachary Hickerson/ Brandon Cooper/ Krista Kopper

Join us for a night of live, experimental music with Zachary Hickerson, Brandon Cooper, and Krista Kopper for this month’s EMAS Presents at Charlotte Street!

EMAS Presents is a monthly improvised/experimental music series curated by Seth Andrew Davis & Evan Verploegh, an extension of the collective ensemble Extemporaneous Music & Arts Society. EMAS aims to highlight local improvised/experimental music practitioners as well as national/international artists to bring them to Kansas City and shine a light on the local community and build a local and international improvised music community.

Zachary Hickerson - Saxophones
Ben Baker - Saxophones 
Seth Andrew Davis - Electric guitar
Krista Kopper - Double bass
Brandon Cooper - Drums
Evan Verploegh - Drums 


Masks required indoors. For more information about Charlotte Street’s COVID-19 Protocol, visit

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Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 7:30-9:00 PM

ProdoLAB: Dom Chronicles/ Ian O’Neill

Join us for a night of experimental music and immersive video installation with artists Dom Chronicles and Ian O'Neill.

ProdoLAB is a monthly experimental platform that pairs Kansas City time-based artists, producers, and musicians to collaborate on a new piece. Artists showcase their work in an immersive, hour-long performance at Charlotte Street.
Masks are required indoors. For more information about our COVID-19 protocol, visit
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Saturday, August 28, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 PM

Hi-Fi House Listening Party

Join us for our first in-person listening party with community collaborator Hi-Fi House (Omaha, NE)!


Hi-Fi House is a project rooted in the belief that every community needs a space dedicated to social listening. This one-of-a-kind experiment created an accessible shared music collection and listening environment in Omaha, Nebraska between 2015 and 2020.

The CSF x Hi-Fi House Listening Parties will introduce Hi-Fi's unique vision of social listening to a new audience of KCMO-based listeners. Multidisciplinary artists from the central Midwest region will be invited to select music and share its impact on them and their work with us in a relaxed social setting reminiscent of the now-legendary Omaha facility.

Artists will be given 10 minutes of sharing time, and we will hold space at the end of each listening party for guests to play a record or two! 

Our first listening party will be held at Charlotte Street's Kemper Library on Saturday, May 28 from 3:00-5:00 PM

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 PM

American Quilts: More than a Sum of Parts

Have you ever wondered about the complex history of American patchwork quilts? In this in-person lecture, artist Nathan Ford will highlight a variety of quilt styles and the evolution of the quilt from colonial times to the present. Throughout the presentation, we will also explore the intersections of art vs. craft and quilts as art objects. After the lecture, we will discuss quilt research and how to properly identify a quilt's age. We encourage you to bring your antique and vintage quilts. 

This program is organized in conjunction with the current exhibition Handiwork: Art, Craft, and the Space Between.

Masks required indoors. To learn more about our COVID-19 Protocol, visit


Nathan Ford is an improvisational quilter, soft historian, and overall tender maker currently living in Kansas City, MO. Ford’s practice revolves around queering his family's history of labor in the rust belt. Ford received his BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute.



Image Caption:  Nathan Ford, For Sam, 2021, mens' undershirts, sweatshirt, cotton fabric

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Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 6:00-7:30 PM

25: Celebrating 25 Years of Charlotte Street Award Fellows | Reception + Performances

Please join us for the opening reception of 25: Celebrating 25 Years of Charlotte Street Award Fellows, accompanied by performances by Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows The Black Creatures (CSF Award Fellow 2022) and Calvin Arsenia (2022). This event will premiere works by Visual Artist Award Fellows Egawa + Zbryk (2004), Fatimah Tuggar (2019), Archie Scott Gobber (1998), and Marcie Miller Gross (2002).

6:00 PM – The Black Creatures
6:45 PM – Calvin Arsenia


Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present 25, a series celebrating Charlotte Street Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and 25 years of grantmaking to individual artists via the Charlotte Street Visual and Performing Awards. 25 artists who have received the award over the years have been invited to present a series of installations and performances at the Charlotte Street campus that will accumulate incrementally throughout 2022.  These installations will appear in the intermittent spaces of the Charlotte Street Campus (lobby, courtyard, library, workshop) and will run concurrently with exhibitions in the CSF gallery and programming in Stern Theater. Installations will remain up through the end of 2022.

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Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 11, 2022

MdW Fair

MdW (pronounced “Midway”) is an artist-run Assembly co-designed by seven organizing partners in the central Midwest, including Charlotte Street! We’ll be working to share Missouri-based projects with our neighboring states and build regional connections amongst artist-run projects.


Tag along our regional road trips with the MdW Drifts! MDW Drift participants will have the opportunity to tour Site Three at the H&R Block Artspace in the morning, and join Charlotte Street at our 25th Anniversary Block Party happening July 16 from 1-5 PM. Block Party guests will enjoy campus tours, performances, family-friendly activities, interactive experiences, refreshments, and more. Exhibitions on view at Charlotte Street include Joy and Other Feats of Strength and 25. MDW guests are welcome to join Charlotte Street staff for a community dinner on July 16 starting at 5:30 PM.  

Please confirm your participation in our Drift community dinner at the Charlotte Street Campus by filling out the form below:




Part alternative archive, part grassroots mapping initiative, MdW Atlas is a daily online publication that will take place in July and August. Each month, a different editorial partner from each state will commission contributions of stories, artwork, media, and other genres. In total, the MdW Atlas will comprise over 60 contributions to serve as a guide for a wide swath of creative activity across the region. Editorial Partner:

⁵The Luminary{St.Louis, MO}


Artist-run spaces/orgs from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri are invited to convene in Chicago for the MdW Assembly happening Sepember 8-11, 2022. Applications are due June 30! To learn more, visit


¹Confluence{Minneapolis, MN}*
²Public Space One{Iowa City, IA}*
³Charlotte Street Foundation{Kansas City, MO}*
⁴Bulk Space{Detroit, MI}
⁵Wormfarm Institute{Reedsburg, WI}
⁶Public Media Institute{Chicago, IL}
⁷Big Car{Indianapolis, IN}*  


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Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 7:00-11:00 PM

25th Anniversary Gala: The New New Wave

Join us for an evening of Charlotte Street’s signature blend of sophisticated weirdness, with a heavy dose of neon and nostalgia, in celebration of our 25th Anniversary.

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. 







6-8 PM:           VIP Studio Pre-Party 

7-11 PM:        Main Event

  • Immersive art installations by Cory Imig, Lauren Phillips, and Sike Style
  • Pop-up performances from Sug Easy Singleton
  • Cuisine and cocktails from KC’s most creative restaurants
  • Amped up 80s fun including an 8-bit arcade, Glamour Shots, a Ball Pit, and Karaoke
  • and 80s dance tunes spinning in the theater all night long

80s-inspired costumes



Sponsors will begin the evening at our VIP Studio Pre-Party where guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers 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.

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Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Midwest Poetics Winter Showcase

Join us in celebrating writers’ work for the last Midwest Poetics Showcase with One Mic Stand KC!

Midwest Poetics is an opportunity for artists to make space, celebrate and connect with the many voices that make the music and performance scenes that thrive in the Midwest. We want to give the mic to Black, and Indigenous vocalists, poets, writers, musicians and performers of color to celebrate their craft.

Masks required indoors. For more information about our COVID-19 Protocol, visit

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