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Central Standard
12:19 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Self-Help: The Books, The Ideas And The Problems We're Trying To Solve

"Problems are the gasoline that runs the self-help car." So says David Wayne Reed, who wrote the play Help Yourself. On the heels of a discussion of this darkly humorous new play, a librarian and a psychologist discuss the self-help genre, its history and the human condition that fuels it. Is change possible? And when might acceptance be just as important?


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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

A Visiting Curator's Perspective On Kansas City's Art Scene

Danny Orendorff at his first Kansas City exhibit at the gallery La Esquina. The exhibit was called We'll Make Out Better Than Okay.
Credit EG Schempf

Danny Orendorff arrived in Kansas City a year ago to serve as Curator-in-Residence for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Before he arrived in town for this rotating position, his career was split between San Francisco and Chicago.

With a year of close observation under his belt, Danny Orendorff shares his notes on Kansas City's strengths and weaknesses as an art city. He also tells us about his current exhibition at La Esquina gallery, provocatively titled The Stench of Rotting Flowers

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014

Iambic pentameter and alcohol go together at ShakesBEER this weekend.
Credit jaeschol / Flickr-CC

Got a case of the blahs? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for April 25-27.

Diana Ross (Pop), 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $58 to $178 

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Five Artists Tapped For Charlotte Street Awards

One of Sean Starowitz's community-based projects is called 'FRESH BREAD.'
Matt Kleinmann Photography

On Monday, the Charlotte Street Foundation announced the 2014 visual and performing artist awards. A Charlotte Street award is always a welcome surprise to artists - in part, because it provides $10,000 in unrestricted cash.

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Charlotte Street's Kate Hackman To Explore New Opportunities

Artistic director Kate Hackman is leaving the Charlotte Street Foundation.
Credit Sabrina Staires / Courtesy of Charlotte Street Foundation

After more than a decade with the Charlotte Street Foundation, artistic director Kate Hackman is leaving the organization.

According to a release Wednesday, after her final day on June 30, Hackman will "explore new opportunities after a period of rest and travel."

"I'm proud of the work we've done over the past decade, and the time seems right for me to move on," Hackman said in the release.

Hackman grew up in Virginia and New York, and earned a B.A. in Art History from Williams College.

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KC Currents
4:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Artist Paul Anthony Smith Mines History Of His Native Jamaica

Paul Anthony Smith, Market, 2013, unique picotage and spray paint on color print
courtesy of Joshua Ferdinand

Artist Paul Anthony Smith is riding the wave of early success. Just a few years after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Smith was invited to do a one –person show at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York.   Recently, Smith was listed by the Huffington Post as one of America’s top 30 black artists under 40. His paintings take a fresh look at the lives of everyday people in his home country of Jamaica.  

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Visual Arts
11:38 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Charlotte Street's Julie Dalgleish On Bringing New 'Energy and Passion'

Charlotte Street Foundation's new executive director, Julie Gordon Dalgleish.
Credit Sabrina Staires / Courtesy of Charlotte Street Foundation

Her three-decade career working with arts and cultural organizations has taken her to cities across the country, and into Canada. But, for most of her adult life, Julie Dalgleish has been based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area - until now.

Dalgleish moved to Kansas City in August, as the new executive director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1997 by David Hughes – it provides fellowships, residencies, studios, and exhibitions for Kansas City artists. She talked about what encouraged her to make the move.

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Visual Arts
2:15 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

From The Twin Cities To KC: A New Executive Director For Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation's new executive director Julie Gordon Dalgleish and Kate Hackman, who transitions from co-director to the new position of artistic director.
Credit Sabrina Staires / Courtesy of Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation today announced its new executive director: Julie Gordon Dalgleish, a 30-year veteran of arts and cultural organizations and foundations.

The search started in 2012 after Charlotte Street's founder and co-director David Hughes announced he'd step down.

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Central Standard
12:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Artists Combat Gun Violence With Creativity

One of the posters produced through the Artists for Life Project by artists from the group The Light in the Other Room.
Credit The Light in the Other Room / Artists for Life/Rocket Grants

This hour on Central Standard, we talked with Darryl Chamberlain, Martice Smith and George Mayfield of Artists for Life, a coalition of African American artists who hope to raise awareness about handgun violence with their work in Kansas City.

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Visual Arts
3:39 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Public Art Will Go On Display, Despite Withdrawal Of Commission

courtesy: A. Bitterman

The Kansas City metropolitan area has had its share of controversies over the years when it comes to public art. Remember the 2012 petition drive to remove the statue of the headless bare-breasted woman at the Overland Park Arboretum? Or the artists who were encouraged to drop arrows from their terrazzo flooring design at KCI, so as not to confuse travelers?

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Visual Arts
3:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Artists Explore The City As Labyrinth In 'rises Zora'

Jeanette Powers and Ezhno Martin in a 'rises Zora' performance.
Josephine Moynihan Special to KCUR

Like any city of its size, Kansas City was designed and developed on an urban grid of streets and boulevards in order to make the city work. The Charlotte Street Foundation is currently presenting a month-long multimedia project that features nearly 40 artists who, in their own way, address how the city's layout is both influential, essential, and an ever-mysterious labyrinth. 

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Charlotte Street Announces New Visual Artist Fellows

Erika Lynne Hanson, U.E.I.W.E.L.: Iceberg 1875. woven linen, 2012
courtesy of the artist

Three artists. $10,000 each in unrestricted cash gifts. The Charlotte Street Foundation - a nonprofit supporting Kansas City artists through exhibitions, studio spaces and residencies, and fellowships - has announced its 2013 Visual Artist Award fellows.

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Visual Arts
12:46 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Charlotte Street's David Hughes Announces Transition Plans

Charlotte Street Foundation founder David Hughes
courtesy: Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation founder David Hughes announced today he would be stepping down as Co-Director in mid-2013, after the selection of a new Executive Director.

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5:44 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 Charlotte Street Fellows Inspired To Collaborate

Performing Artist Award Fellows Patrick Conway and Heidi Van
Steve Walker/KCUR

Since 2008, the Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized creative Kansas Citians who, within their various genres, consistently produce original and innovative work that often falls outside the mainstream. 

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KC Currents
11:17 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Jazz Meets Gamelan

Black House Improvisor's collective collaborating with the Indonesian percussion ensemble Gamelan Genta Kasturi
Alex Smith KCUR

 For the last two and a half years, the Black House Improviser’s Collective has made its home in an unoccupied floor of a downtown office building provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation.

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1:30 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

New Charlotte Street Award Fellows: Patrick Conway & Heidi Van

Charlotte Street Foundation recently announced two artists, Heidi Van and Patrick Alonzo Conway, were selected as this year's 2012 Generative Performing Artists Award Fellows.

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Central Standard
5:48 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

A Call For Arts Criticism In KC

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a conversation about the importance of art criticism in the process of art-making and reception. We’ll hear why a San Francisco arts publication called Art Practical devoted an entire issue to our local scene.

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Visual Arts
1:21 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Charlotte Street Foundation Announces 2012 Visual Artist Awards

Since 1997, the Charlotte Street Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to artists, the bulk of which has gone to visual artists.

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12:38 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

The Last Descendants Reimagines History

Lone Ranger's "artifacts" at the Paragraph gallery.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, or fiction can illuminate truths. Lawrence-based artist Judith Levy collapses the two, and reimagines history in an exhibition called The Last Descendants.

Kansas City, Mo. – Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, or fiction can illuminate truths. Lawrence-based artist Judith Levy collapses the two, and reimagines history in an exhibition called The Last Descendants.

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1:34 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

First Session for the Black House Improvisors' Collective

Session rehearsal for the Black House Improvisors' Collective.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Each week, for the last five Sundays, ten musicians have gathered for an afternoon rehearsal session on a vacant floor of a downtown office building. It's a new year-long initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation called the Black House Improvisors' Collective.

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