Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. It cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the art community in the Kansas City region.


Charlotte Street Foundation was established in 1997 by advocate David Hughes, Jr. as a response to needs articulated by artists within the community for an organization that was a valuable creative, social and economic resource for artists living in the Kansas City region.

At that time, Kansas City, in spite of a rich creative environment, offered few important vehicles or opportunities for valuable early (and mid-career) recognition. Opportunities for exhibition and critical reviews were severely limited, as were financial resources for supporting individual artists.

For the past 20 years, Charlotte Street has provided resources for individual artists by building upon the organization’s core principles of supporting, challenging and empowering artists of exceptional vision, all while cultivating an environment where artists and art can thrive.

What we do:

  • Provide annual cash awards, project-based grants, special commissions and specific travel opportunities to visual and generative performing artists.

  • Provide free studios and performance and exhibition spaces to theater, dance, music, film/video and visual artists for the creation and presentation of new work.

  • Facilitate venues and opportunities for public exposure to these exhibitions and performances and facilitate artistic collaboration and exchange.

  • Plan and collaborate on behalf of Kansas City artists and the arts community with philanthropic, business and civic leaders.

  • Engage national philanthropic and cultural leaders with Kansas City artists and the arts community

Services Provided


  • Award Recognition

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific (Specialty)

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking space
  • Maker Space
  • Incubator Space (Specialty)

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance
Contact Information
Laura Blumenberg
3333 Wyoming Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 221-5113