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
Andi Meyer is a theatre based artist, arts educator, and arts activist. Current work involves examining processes to create community and greater artistic representation for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Andi is active on the national level as a board member of The Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists (CAATA), which helps to steer the field of Asian American Theatre.
As the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Tradewind Arts, Meyer has created the first organization in the region to focus on illuminating and empowering the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islanders through the arts. In its first year, Tradewind Arts hosted two staged readings of work never before seen in the region, collaborated with three nationally known playwrights, established the TradeRoutes Program that facilitates national artistic exchange by bringing in artists like playwright Lauren Yee with support from the Dramatists Guild Fund, Jeff Church, and The Coterie Theatre to workshop a new script and provide panel discussions and writing workshops for Kansas City writers, Minneapolis-based actor and playwright Eric Sharp to stage a reading of his new play, and taken artists to Minneapolis to experience work produced at Mu Performing Arts. Meyer has also partnered with the nationally known Coterie Theatre on the 2017 NEA Award winning production of Hana’s Suitcase, produced and directed Tradewind Arts’ first full length production, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, by A. Rey Pamatmat with assistance from the UMKC Department of Theatre, and hosted Voices Upon The Tradewinds, a first-ever Summit for Asian American Storytellers, in conjunction with eleven Asian and Asian American members of the National Storytelling Network.