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Current applications for the 2020 StartUp Residency call are being accepted from now until August 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM (CST)! This call is for new StartUp Residency space in the historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, MO.

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

This is the first year for the StartUp Residency Program. This year’s current 2018-2019 StartUp Resident is Stray Cat Film Center. The residency program ends for this current crop of residents in December of 2019. Applications are currently being accepted for the second year of the StartUp Residency.


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 is the 2018-19 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation StartUp Residency program. Stray Cat is Kansas City’s fantastically funky microcinema and Charlotte Street Foundation StartUP Residents located at 1664 Broadway next to Capsule. Organized by a community of volunteer programmers, Stray Cat screens everything from documentaries to experimental to cult films and is open to the entire range of moving image expressions – artistic, activist, community, underground, avant-garde and more.  We have an open programming model – so anyone can propose a show! Stray Cat focuses on inclusivity for all audiences and engaging communities. We love movies and are devoted to bringing the best of world, underground, fringe, and just plain amazing cinema from the world over to Kansas City!

Stray Cat also hosts traveling filmmakers, film festivals and invites community programming – we are excited to support the range of Kansas City’s film making and viewing communities. Our purpose is to create a film center that celebrates film, fun, weirdness, exciting & radical art, and be an inviting environment that provides our audiences with something that is both consistently approachable and consistently surprising. 


The Cannonball Roarers
From sailboats to haunted drain tunnels, the Cannonball Roarers have showcased memorably strange events in a variety of strangely memorable locations! Collaborating with performers, musicians, dancers and so much more, we strive to change the way our community engages with great cinema.

Caitlin Horsmon
Caitlin Horsmon is an artist, curator and educator.  She has created programming for the Chicago International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cellular Cinema, Mechanical Eye Microcinema and was the director of the THAW Film Festival.  She is a Co-Director of PLUG Projects and teaches Film & Media Arts at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Jori Sackin
Jori Sackin is a tool store owner, card player, cognitive linguist, writer and visual artist. He also likes to play with blocks.