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New Missouri Bank Artboards by Philip Bakala & Lindsay Jones

November 29th, 2016

This Friday, December 2nd Missouri Bank’s Artboards will get a new look with the installment of new Artboards by artists, Philip Bakala and Lindsay Jones!

Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank at 125 Southwest Blvd, the Artboards are visible to the public all hours of the day, and will remain on view for three months. For more information about Missouri Bank’s Artboards series and to see past Artboards, please visit mobank.com/crossroads-artboards.


Philip Bakala, “Just Feel Safe” to be displayed on the west-facing billboards

On the west-facing billboards, artist, Philip Bakala’s Just Feel Safe comes from a book of paintings he’s developed in recent years. Originally existing in a sketchbook, the scale of the billboards offers Bakala an entirely new way of approaching the feelings that contributed to the creation of the works. Philip shares, “to take these previously solitary meditations and blow them up to an “advertising” scale makes for a powerful experience. We are so trained to interpret information at this scale as transactional that an unrepentant message of reassurance can be positively jarring. Additionally, I think that taking a chance to remind individuals of their subjectivity on a daily basis would be really special. Equating feelings of safety with open expression is not necessarily a pairing that happens naturally.”


Lindsay Jones, “Untitled” to be displayed on the east-facing billboards

On the east-facing billboards, artist, Lindsay Jones’ images are part of a larger collection of small sculptural signs created out of balsa wood, paper, and other collaged materials. Lindsay describes the works, “These miniature sculptures are abstracted reflections of the bombardment of messages that we are faced with everyday through various media platforms, including signs along the highway, online advertising, ads on T.V., and radio. Stripped of any obvious message or meaning, these signs become attractive objects that I imagine taking up space in the strange landscapes that exist in my drawings and installations.”

The Artboards will be on display December 2nd, 2016 thru March, 2017

Please see the full press release for more information on the artists.

Support the Arts this #GivingTuesdayKC, 11.29.16

November 29th, 2016

This #GivingTuesdayKC – Show a little love for your local artists!


Every gift given TODAY will be matched by a generous anonymous donor!

What is #GivingTuesdayKC?
#GivingTuesdayKC is a local and nationwide response to support local, regional, and national nonprofits on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving each year. Join Charlotte Street, the Kansas City arts community, and the #GivingTuesdayKC movement to help redefine the spirit of giving in Kansas City and continue to make Kansas City a place where arts and artists can thrive.

This year, Charlotte Street asked a few of our most avid supporters why they give to Charlotte Street. Click the video below and listen to LISC Senior Program Officer and Charlotte Street Board Member, Ina Anderson share why she supports Charlotte Street and why it’s so important now more than ever to support artists in Kansas City.

  • Your gift of $25 helps support a portion of the costs to provide free studio spaces to promising Kansas City artists
  • Your gift of $50 helps to fund Charlotte Street’s Award Program that honors visual and performing artists every year with $10,000 Fellowships
  • Your gift of $75 helps to fund one guest curator that brings fresh faces to our Kansas City art community
  • Your gift of $100 helps to support one Open Call exhibition, giving visual and performing artists space, marketing, production and technical assistance to share new works.
  • Your gift of $200 supports a portion of the Curatorial Residency Program immersing emerging national curators in Kansas City for 18 months.


Click the image to make a secure donation today. And many, many, many thanks for the support.

Can’t give $$? No worries. There are plenty of other ways to get involved at Charlotte Street. Drop us an email to learn how to become an Charlotte Street Arts Ambassador.

Many thanks to artist and Charlotte Street Resident, Cody Kauhl for his work and production of our #GivingTuesday videos! Find out more about Cody and his work – codykauhl.com.

¿Qué Pasa, USA? Exhibition Programming

November 17th, 2016


¿Qué Pasa, USA? Exhibition Programming
Curated by 2016-17 Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda
November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Additional Exhibition Public Programming:

POC Arts Alliance, Meeting 1 and Listening Roundtable
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)
2:00PM – 3:00PM POC Arts Alliance, Meeting 1
¿Qué Pasa, USA? hosts a monthly meet-up for self-identifying POCs working in creative fields to address critical issues at the intersection of art and social change, share resources, support one another, and grow community together. Led by local artists of color, this is an informal meeting to learn more about this initiative and join us as leaders and members.

3:30PM – 5:00PM Listening Roundtable
Survival Beats: Experimental Narratives within Music and Poetry
Led by Pat Alexander, Jose Faus, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo
Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda
There are narratives and histories embedded in music, poetry, and visual art that create a space for storytelling that is not simply about expression, but about resilience and survival. Join us for an open format conversation and record listening around the collective, yet unseen underground spaces for marginalized voices established through the experimental lineage of sound, word, and image.

Roundtable Discussion: Visibility / Invisibility: Issues Around Representation
Led by Lynnette Miranda, Silvia Beatriz Abisaab, and special guests
Saturday, December 10 2016, 3:00PM-4:30PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)
The culturally-specific sitcom uses lightheartedness and humor to subvert the contentious issues of its time, but it can also reinforce the same assumptions and stereotypes it’s pushing against. Participate in a dialogue about the representation of “The Other” in media and popular culture. We will sample clips from culturally-specific sitcoms of the 1960s thru today and considering the importance of representation as well as its problematics.

POC Arts Alliance Meeting 2, Closing Potluck + Roundtable Discussion – Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2:00 – 5:00PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)
¿Qué Pasa, USA? hosts a monthly meet-up for self-identifying POCs working in creative fields to address critical issues at the intersection of art and social change, share resources, support one another, and grow community together.

3:30PM – 5:00PM
Closing Potluck + Roundtable
Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda


OPEN CALL – Tributary exhibition

November 8th, 2016





Charlotte Street is currently accepting proposals for inclusion in the May, 2017 exhibition, Tributary. This exhibition aims to bring together contemporary art, current scientific research, immersive art, and natural resource programs built around the theme of the Missouri River and its tributaries–real and metaphorical. The goal of this exhibition is to provide an experimental resource evaluation that mingles observation, experience, and intuition in a way that improves understanding of one of our nation’s greatest natural resources-the Missouri River.

We are looking for a variety of contemporary art works, scientific research, or programs and workshops that relate to Tributary’s theme. Please see the link “Tributary exhibition Call for Proposals” below for detailed information on guidelines and how to apply.

Deadline for submissions is December 19th.

Tributary exhibition Call for Proposals

¿Qué Pasa, USA?, Exhibition by Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda – Opens Nov. 18th

November 2nd, 2016

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Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present ¿Qué Pasa, USA?—a group exhibition curated by 2016-17 Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda. The exhibition features the work of eleven national artists that considers a broad spectrum of experiences reflecting and responding, specifically through humor, absurdity, and joy, to what it means to be a citizen in this country today. Taking its title from the late 1970s bilingual sitcom of the same name, and in the ethos of culturally specific sitcoms, the artists in this exhibition challenge dominant narratives through lightheartedness and candor to highlight nuanced experiences of difference, and expand definitions of identity in relationship to our American citizenry.

Informed by their lived experience in the U.S., each artist in the exhibition presents a different approach to addressing and deepening identity. Through abstracting and translating cultural symbols and materials they reflect on the “Other” in a society that values and privileges Whiteness above all. From video installation to site-specific fiber works, the exhibition weaves a range of narratives together to complicate our collective story.

EXHIBITION: ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, curated by 2016-2017 Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6-9PM
LOCATION: la Esquina / 1000 W 25th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108
EXHIBITION RUNS: November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017
GALLERY HOURS: Thursdays: 11-6pm and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 12-5pm

Featured artists: Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess (New York, New York); Silvia Beatriz Abisaab (Kansas City, MO); Dominique Carella (Bay Area, CA); Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (Chicago, IL); Melissa Leandro (Chicago, IL); Victoria Martinez (Chicago, IL); Maya Grace Misra (New York, New York); Enzo Antonio Moscarella (New York, New York); Carlos Ortiz-Gallo (Kansas City, MO); Kayla Quan (San Francisco, CA); Michelle Lee Wallace (Philadelphia, PA)

Additional Exhibition Programming

POC Arts Alliance, Meeting 1 and Listening Roundtable
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2PM – 5PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)

Roundtable Discussion: Visibility / Invisibility: Issues Around Representation
Led by Lynnette Miranda, Silvia Beatriz Abisaab, and special guests
Saturday, December 10 2016, 3-4:30PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)

POC Arts Alliance Meeting 2, Closing Potluck + Roundtable Discussion – Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2 – 5PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)
¿Qué Pasa, USA? hosts a monthly meet-up for self-identifying POCs working in creative fields to address critical issues at the intersection of art and social change, share resources, support one another, and grow community together.

In addition, commissioned essays by the following respected writers accompany the exhibition:
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Artist and Writer – Kansas City, MO
Managing Editor, Informality Blog; Partner, Sight Review

Derek Macario, Artist and Writer – San Francisco, CA
Founder, San Francisco Art & Culture Channel

Anthony D. Stepter, Curator and Organizer – Chicago, IL
Graduate Program Coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Charlie Tatum, Curator and Writer – New Orleans, LA
Editorial and Communications Manager, Pelican Bomb

Follow along on Twitter and Instagram at #quepasausa.

Images above: Enzo Antonio Moscarella, “Pot Dog”, Ephemeral floor drawing, dried long grain white rice and dried black beans, 2013; Kayla Quan, “Kaedyn Medium”, Photolithograph, 20”x25”, 2014; Maya Grace Misra, “Forever (United We Stand)”, Gouache on paper, 3/4”x1”, 2016

Press Release
Exhibition Statement
**Images available upon request**

ILLUM-A-PHONIC-FEST — Live Music + Video

October 28th, 2016

Charlotte Street Foundation presents an evening of collaborative time-based media works incorporating live music sets and video projections from a spectrum of Kansas City musicians, composers, and video artists.

Saturday, November 5th 2016 7pm-12am FREE
la Esquina 1000 W. 25th St KCMO 64108


ILLUM-A-PHONIC FEST will showcase live music performances featuring artists exploring ambient, psych, electro acoustic, break beat, electronic, and improv music. Each live act will incorporate various fields of video art- mapping, synth, VHS collage + more.


— GEMINI REVOLUTION + Cinemaphonic
— KCEMA: Cody Kauhl + Stacy Busch
— ART/sounds: MNEMOSYNE QUARTET + Eric Souther

PLUS…video displays from artists:

— Zoe Chressanthis
— Joe Hammers
— Britt Addair
— Molly Garrett
— Aaron Hawn
— Nihan Yesil

Event Details:
ILLUM-A-PHONIC FEST: Live Music + Video Showcase
Saturday, November 5th, 7PM—12AM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street Kansas City, MO 64108)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1302117773146316/

Press Release

Invest: The Bank Studio Residency Alumni exhibition

October 13th, 2016

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present, Invest: The Bank Project Studio Residency Alumni exhibition of past residents from Charlotte Street’s first studio residency space at The Bank UCP Studios. The exhibition features new works by artists, Rachel Hayes, Jonathan Peck, Miles Neidinger, Grant Miller, and Naoko Wowsugi. The exhibition will be on display at Paragraph Gallery (23 E 12th St. Kansas City, MO) Thursday, October 27th to December 3rd.

Join us for the opening reception, Thursday, October 27th from 6-8PM!


In 2004, Charlotte Street launched its first studio residency space at The Bank located at 11th & Baltimore in the historic Mark Twain Tower in Downtown, Kansas City. During its first year, the repurposed building provided studio spaces for 15 artists. As part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project (UCP), The Bank UCP Studios were Charlotte Street’s initial venture into supporting artists through a residency program and providing free studio space. Over its 2 1/2 year lifespan, The Bank UCP Studios supported 37 artists, paving the way for what our studio residency program would become.

Invest: The Bank Studio Residency Alumni exhibition celebrates the artists from the early years of the UCP Bank Studios and celebrates their investment and commitment to their work and career development, and their investment into the budding culture of Downtown, Kansas City by their participation in Charlotte Street’s Downtown Studio Residency.

Exhibition Details:
Invest: The Studio Residency Bank Alumni exhibition
Exhibitions runs: October 27 – December 3
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27th, 6-8PM – Please see our Facebook event for details
Where: Paragraph Gallery, 23 E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5PM

Additional exhibition programming:

Gallery Discussion with artists, Grant Miller and Naoko Wowsugi
Monday, November 21st, 7:30PM, Paragraph Gallery
The public is welcome to attend this informal discussion with artists, Grant Miller, Naoko Wowsugi and current studio residents as they discuss their work and time in Charlotte Street’s studio spaces.

Artist’s works above (left to right): Miles Neidinger, Grant Miller, Rachel Hayes

Full Press Release

CALL TO ARTISTS: Visual Artist + Generative Performing Awards

September 27th, 2016


Charlotte Street invites artists living in the five-county Greater Kansas City Metro Area to apply for Artist Awards:
—Three Visual Artist Awards of $10,000 apiece
—Two Generative Performing Artist Awards of $10,000 apiece

The Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards seek to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are creating exceptional, contemporary work. The Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards seek to recognize, encourage, and significantly support artists creating exceptional new work in the fields of dance, theatre, music, opera, sound art, performance art, multimedia performance, spoken word, puppetry, and hybrid/interdisciplinary versions of all above.

Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, the Charlotte Street Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers.

All applications must be completed online through www.callforentry.org.
Title of Visual Artists’ Call: “Charlotte Street Foundation 2017 Visual Artist Awards”
Title of Generative Performing Artists’ Call: 
“Charlotte Street Foundation 2017 Generative Performing Artist Awards”

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 7, 2016 at MIDNIGHT. No late applications will be accepted.

Note: Artists requiring technical assistance with online applications may contact Charlotte Street Foundation at 816-221-5115 orinfo@charlottestreet.org. In-person assistance will be provided up request.

See the full application guidelines and details here for the Visual Artist Awards.
Go directly to the Visual Awards application here.

See the full application guidelines and details here for the Generative Performing Artist Awards.
Go directly to the Generative Performing Awards application here.


Sycamore House Series & Charlotte Street Present: Flamingo

September 26th, 2016

Charlotte Street and Sycamore House Series are excited to welcome experimental music group, Flamingo from Berlin, Germany for a special presentation/workshop at Beals Lab at the Kansas City Art Institute October 1st at 2PM and a one night performance at 8PM at La Esquina!

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The trio, led by composer/musician, Chris Heenan with Mad Pulse Maybe and Dana Percs will perform their cross-disciplinary project, “Every Vessel” which examines the relationship of sound and sculpture using custom-built software. The software then analyzes and visualizes music and movement through 3-D printed objects.

Sometimes verging on the threshold of hearing and at other times engaging in dense layers and waves of sound, the music of Flamingo creates a poetic space in which pure sound phenomena step forth on the eternal backdrop of silence.

Flamingo, Special Performance & Presentation!
Saturday, October 1st
2PM: Special Presentation at Beals Lab at KCAI (44th St & Warwick BLVD)
8PM: Performance at La Esquina
La Esquina, 1000 W 25th Street

Chris Heenan: Contrabass Clarinet
Mad Pulse Maybe: Double Bass
Dana Percs: Snare Drum and Objects

Call to Artists: Proposals Invited for Missouri Bank Crossroads Artboards

September 14th, 2016


$1,000 commissions to be awarded to eight artists
to create images for public billboards



Open to ALL (non-student) artists 21+ living within a 60 mile radius of downtown, Kansas City

Charlotte Street Foundation, in collaboration with Missouri Bank, seek proposals from artists wishing to be considered for Missouri Bank’s Crossroads Artboards. The Artboards are exterior, double—sided billboards rising above Missouri Bank, 125 Southwest Boulevard, which present new, commissioned images by Kansas City area artists rotating approximately every three months. Selected artists, chosen through a competitive process, will receive artist fees of $1,000.00 each for completing and delivering print-ready images for one set of side by side billboards. Proposals are invited from ALL interested non-student artists, 21 years of age and older living within a 60-mile radius of Kansas City, Missouri. It is expected that eight artists will be selected through this call for Artboards to be displayed March 2017 through February 2018. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a panel comprised of representatives from Missouri Bank. Charlotte Street administers the process from application through installation.

Complete details here or visit http://www.charlottestreet.org/opportunities/artboards/.