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

Mentoring, networking, & cross-marketing opportunities with Charlotte Street

The application for the 2023 Startup Residency Program is now closed. 

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 25-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:

  • Publication or critical feedback platforms
  • Art spaces or performance venues
  • For-cause arts entrepreneurship
  • 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



2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO

Founded by Zach Frazier, Astringent Press is dedicated to providing low-to-no-cost book design and production including services such as book design, printing, assembly, and distribution. Astringent is dedicated to promoting artistic practices and narratives that are historically excluded from the world of publishing due to various barriers including those relating to time, cost, distribution, and equipment.

Zach Frazier

2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO

Cheeks Studio is an experimental hybrid design studio that views creativity as a community practice. Their mission is to create professional opportunities for young freelancing illustrators, designers, and animators in Kansas City through a capitalist-antagonist, accountability-minded business plan.


2300 Independence Avenue, KCMO
Yum Yum Ceramics

Yum Yum Ceramic’s mission is to create beautiful, functional planters. Since its inception in August 2020, over 1,629 planters have been sold to date. The launch of the business happened to coincide with a major rise in houseplant popularity — especially plant communities on social media. Yum Yum uses terracotta not just for its beautiful appearance but its beneficial properties for plants.