Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 12
Charlotte Street will celebrate the unveiling of its new headquarters and arts campus during a two-day public Grand Opening June 11-12. Two exhibitions will premiere during the opening weekend: Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be and [Phainesthai] Prairie Translations.
Over the past 24 years, Charlotte Street has transformed Kansas City’s cultural landscape, providing direct financial support to hundreds of individual artists and emerging art operations each year in the form of grants, awards, and commissions, as well as free studios and performance and exhibition spaces. The Kansas City community also benefits from Charlotte Street’s robust calendar of over 100 free public events every year – including exhibits, workshops, performances, and presentations.
Join us for this two-day event
Day 1 of the Grand Opening will include a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the exhibition openings of Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be and [Phainesthai] Prairie Translations. Visitors can participate in Guided Tours of the new facility.
Day 2 is an Open House where visitors can participate in a Beading Workshop with Jillian Youngbird, featured in Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be,and see a live performance + screening by artists featured in Phainesthai. A Dance Improv will take place later in the evening as a part of our ongoing series Making Moves.
ABOUT THE NEW FACILITIES
Charlotte Street’s new campus is a multidisciplinary, multifaceted facility that sets a new national standard for collaborative artist incubators. Located in a repurposed industrial factory, the renovated space embraces the building’s raw and resilient texture as a backdrop for the creation of innovative work. The facility includes a black box theatre, visual art gallery, dance rehearsal studio, recording and mixing studio, artist-in-residence studios, equipment workshop, library and archive room, and gathering spaces.
Designed by Hufft and constructed by Newkirk Novak, the contemporary 20,000 sq. ft. campus is located at 3333 Wyoming Street in midtown Kansas City, Missouri, near Roanoke Park. The $10 million campaign for Charlotte Street’s headquarters began in 2018, propelled by an anonymous $5 million matching challenge. Construction began in 2019.
The new headquarters aims not just to facilitate the work of Kansas City artists, but to be a central catalyst for the regional arts ecosystem. Executive/Artistic Director Amy Kligman notes, “This space physically manifests our mission and values – it is artist-centric, meant to foster collaboration and cross-pollination across disciplines, and is a wildly flexible resource that adapts in response to the artist community we serve. We’ve always known that it’s the artists that will actually make the space whatever it’s meant to be, and we can’t wait to see that happen!”
For additional information about Charlotte Street’s new headquarters and Grand Opening weekend events, please contact Amanda Middaugh, Development and Marketing Director, [email protected] 816.699.7765 (cell).
ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT
Interested in covering this story? Here is the link to our electronic press kit that provides a full overview of our mission, history, and media features. Click on the link below to access high quality photos of Charlotte Street’s new space.
This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.