For years, the Charlotte Street Foundation had to expand its artistic efforts across six Kansas City venues, making coordinating its grants and public exhibitions somewhat difficult.
That changes on Friday as the organization unveils a $ 10 million head office, bringing all of its operations under one roof downtown.
“Over the years Charlotte Street has been nomadic and has all these places all over town. Now there’s going to be a place where it’s all going to be, ”said Cory Imig, a Kansas City visual artist who has worked with the foundation for 10 years.
The foundation organizes events and exhibitions, provides grants to artists and studio and performance spaces, and creates a market for their work.
A fundraising campaign has seen Charlotte Street create the new 20,000 square foot head office and campus at 3333 Wyoming St. It will host a grand public opening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 11 and from noon to 5 p.m. on the 12th. June with tours, exhibits and more. .
“I think this will be a great resource for artists,” said Chico Sierra, a multidisciplinary artist from Kansas City whose work will be projected on a mural for the inaugural exhibit. “I think a lot of cool things are going to happen.”
The new facility is housed in a converted factory and includes a black box theater, art gallery and dance, recording and mixing studios, and artists in residence, as well as an equipment workshop, a library and archives room, and meeting spaces.
Previously, the foundation occupied places such as La Esquina Gallery, Capsule, Paragraph Gallery and Town Pavilion, which was made possible through temporary leases subsidized by landlords.
Amy Kligman, executive artistic director of the foundation, hopes the new consolidated facility will make Kansas City a more attractive place for artists to live and collaborate.
“A lot of artists know each other within specific disciplines, but this space mixes artists from all disciplines, large geographies and backgrounds in Kansas City,” Kligman said.
The pandemic has caused many small galleries to close and their jobs as artists. And the new Charlotte Street building was completed in May 2020, but the pandemic has delayed opening until now.
“Coming out of a year of so many losses, I’m thrilled to be a part of the rebuild,” Kligman said. “When artists enter this space, I hope they find many interesting opportunities. “