Wednesday, June 30, 2021: On July 1, images by local artists Jill Downen and Rachel Ferber will be installed on a double-sided billboard in the heart of the Crossroads District at 125 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO. From July 2021 through March 2022,…


Charlotte Street Foundation seeks Communications + Volunteer Coordinator

Charlotte Street Foundation is currently hiring for a Communications + Volunteer Coordinator for 2021 and beyond. If you have a strong desire to help Kansas City’s contemporary artists and feel compelled to build connections within Kansas City’s local…

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“Cyan Meeks: Phainesthai,” Charlotte Street Foundation

Long before the modern age, humans were what they were hurrying to — or advancing toward — as they adapted to, then overcame, their surroundings. Nature was there for us to visit if we required refuge from the world that we built out of the nature that we rejected. A year of enforced stillness has made us impatient to venture outside and resume that most uncreative of concepts, normalcy. But are we ready to consider whether nature is ready for our return? Kansas City artist Cyan Meek’s newest film piece, “Phainesthai,” a collaborative exhibit at the Charlotte Street Foundation Gallery, takes us outdoors but asks for our stillness.

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‘Exciting opportunities’: Kansas City arts group opens $10 million new headquarters

For years, the Charlotte Street Foundation had to spread its artistic endeavors across six Kansas City locations, making coordination of its grant-giving and public exhibitions somewhat of a challenge.

That changes on Friday as the organization unveils a $10 million headquarters, putting all its operations under one midtown roof.

“Charlotte Street over the years has been nomadic and has all these locations all over the city. Now there’s going to be one place where everything is going to be happening,” said Cory Imig, a Kansas City visual artist who has worked with the foundation for 10 years.

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Kansas City’s Charlotte Street Foundation Is Ready For Big Reveal Of Its New Campus

The arts incubator's $10 million new home in Roanoke Park sat empty in the pandemic. It will open to the public Friday and Saturday with exhibitions, tours and workshops.

Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation, a source of support for the region's artists, will show off its long-awaited home this weekend with a two-day grand opening.

The foundation provides grants and other supports for visual and performing artists. For more than two decades its studio residencies, art spaces and black box theaters were scattered across the metro.

After completing work on a $10 million new arts campus in Roanoke Park last year, the foundation had to wait some more. Its building sat mostly empty in the pandemic.

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Charlotte Street unveils new arts campus in repurposed Roanoke industrial factory

After an era of roaming, Charlotte Street Foundation—the creative institution serving Kansas City artists for the past 24 years—has found a home at 3333 Wyoming St. in Roanoke.

On Friday, June 11, the public is invited to explore the new space via guided tour, plus take in two exhibition openings called Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be and [Phainesthai] Prairie Translations.

Who We Were considers identity: “Within the identity of any singular person, there are multiplicities. There are various versions of ourselves to consider: past/present/future, self at best/self at worst, self as part of various communities.”

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Charlotte Street Foundation Grand Opening

KANSAS CITY, MO, May 24, 2021: 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, Wh…


“BECAUSE OF THIS”: Black contemporary artists across the Midwest showcase work in year-long exhibition + performance series

KANSAS CITY, MO, March 2, 2021: BECAUSE OF THIS ​is 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…

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Without live gigs, Kansas City jazz musicians get creative

Local jazz musicians have lost a large part of their income to the continued spread of COVID-19, leaving them to look to new ways of making money and playing for audiences.

Kansas City, while famous for football and barbecue, is arguably most known for its contributions to jazz. The genre originated among the Black community of New Orleans in the early 20th century before becoming popular among the African American community of Kansas City in the 1920s. Since then, it’s become a cultural pillar of the city, with more than 40 venues regularly hosting jazz music — at least before the pandemic.

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Artists Balance Risk, Caution to Make Work During Pandemic

LAWRENCE – Who’s an essential worker during a pandemic, when people are asked to stay home to stop the spread? Grocery clerks, sure. Truckers. EMTs. But what about artists?

Making art is Benjamin Rosenthal’s raison d’être. The associate professor of visual art took some qualified risks and expended great effort during the pandemic year of 2020 to make some work. The result is an eight-minute video titled “the gleaners, and: ritual for signaled bodies” that he produced in collaboration with Eric Souther, assistant professor of video art at the New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC), School of Art and Design at Alfred University.

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