12-24 months of rent-free storefront residency space in the Kansas City metro area

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The applications for the 2023 Startup Residency opens on September 26th 2022 This call is for Startup Residency space in the historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. DEADLINE October 24th 2022.

StartUp Residency Program Details

Charlotte Street’s pilot StartUp Residency program aims to foster the development of an up-and-coming, innovative startup such as an artist-run collaborative, business, or organization. This pilot program builds upon Charlotte Street’s 20-year history of providing support and catalytic opportunities for Kansas City-based arts initiatives, entrepreneurs, and collaborative groups in their earliest stages of development.

Criteria for applications include:
  • Group or business must be defined as an artist-run or artist-centric organization with the ability to define and demonstrate artistic component(s) of the work, mission, or initiative of the organization
  • Organization, collective or business must be less than five years old, with an established business plan or demonstrated proof of concept
  • A startup can be a for-profit, not-for-profit, or hybrid business model (such as a fiscally sponsored LLC)
  • Artists with connection to the Historic Northeast Neighborhood are strongly encouraged to apply

Appropriate applicants could be:

  • publications or critical feedback platforms
  • art spaces or performance venues
  • For-Cause arts entrepreneurships
  • collaboratives or collectives with associated programming
  • Applicants can be visual, performative arts, social practice, or multidisciplinary approaches to “artist”-centric.
  • All applicants should have some public-facing programmatic aspect to the work, which will be hosted on site

The StartUp Residency Program has provided opportunities for 5 individual StartUp’s in the Kansas City Metro area. StartUp Residencies are located throughout the Kansas City metro area and serves multiple communities and practices.



Stray Cat Film Center (2018-19 StartUp Residents)
1662 Broadway Blvd, KCMO

Stray Cat Film Center is an artist-run non-profit media arts organization and neighborhood microcinema space.  Stray Cat is dedicated to offering our community film programming that reflects the diversity of voices and visions in cinematic expression and using cinema as a conduit to inspire, educate and explore.

Stray Cat Film Center

African American Artists Collective (2019-20 StartUp Residents)
2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO
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The mission of the African American Artists Collective (AAAC) is to develop access to the cultural and economic environment that will benefit our communities, providing educational opportunities and insights to insure a better future for African American Artists and Black arts professionals. AAAC strives to engage an equal mix of emerging and established artists representing a multiplicity of disciplines. AAAC programs monthly meetings, presentations, studio visits, mentorships, public programs, exhibitions, and access to a multidisciplinary network of the artist, all the while encouraging creative production, artistic experimentation and collaboration, professional development, and community building amongst local artists.

African American Artists Collective

Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photography (2019-20 StartUp Residents)
2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO

Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photography (KCSCP) is an artist centric organization. They focus on providing opportunities for photographers to exhibit and promote their photographic work in Kansas City and surrounding areas. KCSCP offers a minimum of four exhibits a year with no boundaries put on what type of work can be submitted so long as it be founded in some way on a photographic process. They have several members working in alternative processes, so KCSCP intends to offer more programing featuring those mediums–wet plate, cyanotype, digital collage and printing to unusual substrates are of interest to members and non-members alike. KCSCP offers workshops and demonstrations and plans to create an atmosphere of collaboration with the Northeast neighborhood and greater community by offering talks and hands-on experiences that are appealing to various ages.


Blackbox on Troost (2019-20 StartUp Residents)
4001 Troost Avenue, KCMO
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Driven by artists and community leaders from the Troost Corridor and the east side of Kansas City, Blackbox on Troost hosts community theater performances, learning workshops, cross-disciplinary media collaborations and more. Cynthia Hardeman, former Neighborhood Artists Resident and Founder of Drama Time, will lead the ongoing transition from the NAR residency site into a community performance space.

blackbox on troost

Kansas City Public Theatre (2019-20 StartUp Residents)
2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO

Kansas City Public Theatre provides access to the arts through year-round theatre entertainment free of charge to the public. This mission is carried out in two activities: first, through producing aesthetically and ideologically diverse new works and reimagined classics which reflect the unique history and concerns of the Kansas City community; and second, to cultivate civic-minded artists, audiences, and citizens through community-based devised theatre workshops. By providing quality theatre productions free of charge to the public, Kansas City Public Theatre envisions theatre as an essential cultural good which should be fully accessible to all members of the community.