Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community

Annual Open Studios


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Friday, April 28 + Saturday, April 29 2017
Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Weekend welcomes the public into our artists’ studios for a behind-the-scenes view of the Studio Residency Program. This is your chance to meet the artists; learn more about their work and processes; and attend live music and dance performances, readings, exhibitions, activities, talks, sales, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, April 28 6PM – 10PM 2017
Charlotte Street’s Town Pavilion Studios // 1100 Walnut St, 6th Floor KC MO 64106

6:00pm Kevin King             DANCE ROOM
Adult Topics in Queer Spaces” two ten minute plays by Kevin King. (Recommended for adult audiences).

6:30pm Mt. Asther               BLACK BOX
Mt. Asther (Composer/producers Stacy Busch and Cody Kauhl) is an indie electronic duo that pairs nuanced vocals with intricate electronic textures through the use of looping and live manipulation. Mt. Asther will be performing seven recent compositions in this style coupled with an interactive light show.

7:00pm Leo Gayden             DANCE ROOM
Stories Told by Street Dancers” with Leo “Night us” Gayden and Zen “tropolis” Nguyen

7:30pm Mnemosyne Quartet   BLACK BOX
Mnemosyne Quartet (Michael Miller, Russell Thorpe, Eli Hougland, and Ted King-Smith) will be performing “4-Channel Snapshot,” a set of improvisation pieces for wind instruments and electronics using a 4-speaker surround-sound setup.

8:00pm Amado Espinoza   DANCE ROOM
10 Fingers/10 Strings”  Start in the Andes Mountains and take a trip through Amado Espinoza’s borderless soundscape with his custom made instruments.

8:30pm Arnold Young’s Roughtet   BLACK BOX
Arnold Young’s Roughtet (Jack “Blackie” Blackett, Patrick Alonzo Conway, John Nichols, Jeff Shirley, Quin Wallace, Jay Witzgall, and Arnold Young) play busting jazz for the 21st century with influences including free improv, funk, world music and experimental electronic music. Original works composed by Arnold Young.

9:30pm Shiny Jets      BLACK BOX
Shiny Jets (Shanté Clair and Tucker Slough) debut “Set 1”  which is the first of three sound exhibitions currently in development.



SATURDAY, APRIL 29th 12-5pm
Paragraph Gallery // 23 E 12th Street KC MO 64106

“Purpose” opens as part of the Studio Residency Visiting Curator Series curated by Mat Greiner. Featuring the works of Monica Dixon, Andrew Latner and Noel Morical.

If there are fundamentals shared by all art, one must be transformation. In our earliest history, earth was ground and mixed with water to create first paint and then a picture. Stone and wood have been carved into representations and pleasing forms for the length of human history. In the hands and minds of artists, any material can become something new, something other.

The works in ‘Purpose’ begin with materials that imply a particular function but are turned towards new manifestations and different accomplishments. These expressions demonstrate the profound possibilities for beauty, critique, concealment, and revelation in the people and things filling the fabric of daily life. This power is available to anyone. Need and will forge the mundane into extraordinary.

Gallery Talk 12:30-1:30 PM
Exhibiting artists: Monica Dixon, Andrew Latner, Noel Morical

Writers Block 1:30-3:00 PM
Residency Writers’ public presentations: Poets Jen Harris and James McNamara plus Playwrights Kevin King and Kim Riley.

Performance 3:30 PM
DJ Leo Night US and NDo host children’s pop up art show and dance party.


The Annual Studio Residency Weekend showcases the work of artists in Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program. The public is welcomed into the Town Pavilion studios and Paragraph Gallery for this 2-day event, which provides a chance to meet the artists, learn more about their work and processes, experience live performances, and view and purchase completed artworks.

The Studio Residency Weekend includes a curated exhibition, live music, dance, theatrical, cross-disciplinary performances, temporary installations, participatory activities, artist talks, writers readings, special sales and more.

All events are free and open to the public.


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