Engage emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists.


In 2020, CSF expanded its celebrated Curator-in-Residence position, formerly a part-time independent contractor role, to a full-time Curatorial Fellow staff position. Through this program, CSF selects an emerging curator gaining national prominence to come to Kansas City for 2-year fellowship to create original exhibitions, carry out studio visits, and develop public programs and productions that help deepen audience engagement.

This year’s call is currently closed. 

Current Fellow

Kimi Kitada headshotIn October of 2020, Kimi Kitada was hired as the Jedel Family Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Charlotte Street Foundation. Prior to her position at Charlotte Street, Kitada was Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2019-2020, where she assisted on Xu Zhen: In Just a Blink of an Eye. From 2014 to 2018, she served as Public Programs & Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. In this role she managed Curatorial Hub public programs, coordinated Curatorial Intensive programs, and assisted with curatorial research fellowships. As an independent curator, her recent curatorial projects include: where we came from & where we are going at Transformer, Washington, DC (2019); reset at Garis & Hahn, New York, NY (2016); For All the Vanished Things: Jee Hee Kang at Centre for Social Innovation, New York, NY (2016). She co-curated Postscript: Correspondent Works at artQ13, Rome (2015); 7×8 Curatorial Conversations at Budapest Art Market, Hungary (2013); and (in)complete at TEMP Art Space, New York, NY (2013). She is a co-founder of alt_break, which provides free and accessible contemporary art programming through partnerships with local, community-based nonprofits in New York. Kitada received a BA in Art History and Classics from Bucknell University and an MA in Museum Studies from NYU.


Kitada has curated two exhibitions as part of her fellowship in 2021. The first was In My Own Skin, a new time-based media project that was a series of live and online programs in the heart of Charlotte Street’s new neighborhood. In September, the exhibition With Liberty and Justice featured nine contemporary artists whose works reflected on the history of America, evaluated gaps in historical knowledge, and questionsed the mythology of America in the collective imagination.

Both exhibitions featured a balance of local, regional, and national artists and were free to the public.