Charlotte Street Foundation
|Address||1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, MO, United States||
|Phone||816 221 5115|
Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Greater Kansas City; presents, promotes, enhances and encourages the visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts; and fosters economic development in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. In all endeavors, CSF places artists at the center of its mission and has built an infrastructure that depends on and reflects their involvement. As a result, CSF is an organization that continually evolves in response to artist input and in relation to the city’s larger cultural ecosystem.
CSF seeks to fulfill its mission and vision through five main initiatives:
- Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards
Since its establishment in 1997, the Charlotte Street Foundation has supported 68 outstanding visual artists living in Kansas City through annual, unrestricted cash awards, with a total of $422,500 now distributed directly to artists. These competitive awards recognize locally-based artists who are creating outstanding artwork, and provide financial support, critical attention and increased exposure for these artists with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development.
The winning artists are further recognized with a professionally curated exhibition of their work at a high-profile, non-profit local art venue; a printed brochure featuring color reproductions and commissioned essay; and related promotion. Through the Awards program, Charlotte Street Foundation seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City’s art community and to enhance Kansas City’s desirability as a place for artists to work and live.
A rotating panel of local and national Awards Advisors is responsible for selecting Charlotte Street Foundation Award recipients each year. Each of the Awards Advisors nominates a selection of Kansas City area artists for consideration. Nominations are also invited from a panel of Community Advisors, appointed each year by the Awards Advisors. Nominated artists are then invited to submit images and support materials for consideration. Recipients are selected based on the merits of their work in the judgment of the Awards Advisors. In order to be considered, artists must reside in the five-county Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area (Jackson, Platte and Clay counties in MO and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in KS), must have lived in this area for at least one year and must not be full time students.
- Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Awards
Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Charlotte Street Awards for Generative Performing Artists, a new program designed to nurture and stoke the grassroots performing arts community in Kansas City. These Awards aim to support and recognize outstanding, innovative, original generative performing artists with unrestricted cash awards, as Charlotte Street Awards to Visual Artists have done for over a decade.
A multi-disciplinary panel of performing arts professionals recently selected three generative performing artists to receive unrestricted cash awards of $5000 each this year.
Envisioned as an annual program, these Awards are intended to recognize artists in the fields of dance, theater, music, experimental music performance, theater/performance art and hybrid/interdisciplinary versions thereof. As exemplified by this year’s recipients, awarded Artists will be generative artists, meaning that they are actively creating new work in their fields – i.e. they are composers, playwrights, choreographers – in addition to very often being performers as well. As with the Visual Arts Awards, these new Awards for Generative Performing Artists are unrestricted, seeking to support the continued creative and professional development of the selected artists, provide the means for them further to focus on and to develop their work and to increase exposure for their accomplishments. A public presentation of the work of this year’s recipients and a printed brochure or alternative set of documentary materials are planned.
- Urban Culture Project
Urban Culture Project’s consistently high-quality, edgy and surprising mix of programming has earned it critical and popular recognition as a hub for artists and unconventional, challenging new work. UCP has also been a leader in the community in proactively bridging and blurring the boundaries between disciplines, promoting collaboration and exchange among artists in the fields of visual art, film and video, theater, performance, music, dance, architecture and design.
As a result of relationships cultivated through UCP’s efforts over time, and fueled by The Andy Warhol Foundation’s recognition and support for our programming, which places us in the ranks of top contemporary arts organizations nationally, we are steadily gaining attention from artists and curators in other cities who wish to collaborate. As UCP evolves, and in response to input from the local arts community, we are mixing the work of regional, national, and even international artists into our programs, thus creating a broader context for the work of local artists and establishing new channels for collaboration and exchange. Having completed more than five years of ongoing operation, with hundreds of exhibitions, performances, events and programs presented, UCP continues to grow and evolve in response to input from the artists and curators and new opportunities that arise.
Urban Culture Project enthusiastically welcomes application from curators and artists of all media and disciplines wishing to produce exhibitions, live performances, video screenings and other art and cultural events. Proposals are reviewed quarterly by UCP’s curatorial committee. Download an application here.
- Art through Architecture
Art through Architecture (AtA), a parnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the American Institute of Architects-Kansas City (AiA-KC), is designed to promote and support the work of Kansas City area artists through architectural practice. AtA provides incentives and tools to encourage and empower architects and their clients to incorporate art and artists from the Kansas City area into their new projects.
New architectural projects may qualify for various levels of AtA “Art Achievement,” by dedicating certain percentages of the total construction budget to collecting artwork, commissioning temporary or permanent artworks and/or including artists on design teams. Projects accomplishing Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of Art Achievement will be recognized with an AtA Art Achievement plaque for public display as well as a digital Art Achievement logo/stamp for promotional use. In addition, projects will be promoted to the media via press releases, featured on a new AtA website (ArtArch.org) and considered for inclusion in an annual or biennial AtA exhibition and annual AIA-KC Awards publication.
With support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art are partnering to fuel the dynamism of our region’s art ecology by providing direct support for innovative, experimental, artist-driven, and artist-centered projects. Rocket Grants will fund projects that exist outside of established institutions, occur outside of traditional forms of support, challenge traditional methods of production or presentation, add energy and diversity to the field of visual arts activity in our area, and provide opportunities for the creative growth of those involved.
Rocket Grants will enable individuals and groups of artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and pursue collaborative projects, and/or engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. In doing so, these Rocket Grants seek to create ripple effects, as artists, processes, and projects supported engage, inspire, and propel other artists; spark new ideas and ways of working; and contribute to a regional culture characterized by unconventional and expansive forms of interaction, exchange, provocation, and surprise.[show less]