Charlotte Street Foundation
PO Box 10263
Kansas City MO 64171
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 994-7734
Mission Statement

Charlotte Street Foundation’s mission is to challenge, nurture, and empower artists of exceptional vision. Charlotte Street – with our community of artists – strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas, and surprise.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Kligman
Board Chair Mr. Jon Taylor
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Reach Collaboration
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Charlotte Street Foundation’s mission is to challenge, nurture, and empower artists of exceptional vision. Charlotte Street – with our community of artists – strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas, and surprise.

Background Statement Founded in 1997 Charlotte Street Foundation supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Kansas City; promotes, enhances, and encourages the visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts; and fosters community development in the greater Kansas City region.  Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) has established itself as a national thought leader, strategically supporting Kansas City area artists, contributing significantly to the development of the local arts community, and advocating for the important cultural and economic impact of local artists and grassroots arts activity. Through financially supporting, presenting, and promoting the work of contemporary Kansas City area artists in a sustained manner that encourages experimentation and fosters growth, we have nurtured individual artists and enhanced Kansas City’s vitality as a regional center for contemporary art. On all levels, CSF places artists at the center of its mission and has built an infrastructure that depends on and reflects their involvement. As a result, we are an organization that continually evolves in response to their input and in relation to the city’s larger cultural ecosystem. Charlotte Street Foundation currently pursues its mission through three major initiatives: the Awards and Grants, the Studio Residency Program, and Exhibitions and Public Programs.  
Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments:

 
  1. 2215 artists were supported in 21 performances/exhibitions/events.
  2. Lynette Miranda was selected to serve as the Curator-In-Residence after a nationwide search. During her 18 month stay, Miranda will curate 3 exhibitions, conduct studio visits with area artists, teach at KCAI and guest lecture at UMKC.
  3. To mark 6 years and 60 funded projects, a retrospective of Rocket Grant Projects was held. These grants are supported by Andy Warhol Foundation and administered in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art.
  4. A partnership with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts to present "Across the Table, Across the Land" was highlighted as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th top moments of the NCECA Conference.
 
2017 Goals  - Charlotte Street's 20th Anniversary
 
  1. Curator-In-Residence, Lynnette Miranda will curate 3 exhibitions in which Kansas City artists are featured alongside artists from outside the region.
  2. "Every Street is Charlotte Street." This programming will occur across multiple venues and involve both new and past partnerships in a curated series of exhibitions, public art and short-term residencies featuring Charlotte Street's Award Winners from the past 20 years.
  3. A re-branding process, in partnership with Design Ranch, will lead to a new website, artist registry and communications plan.
  4. A new residency program will be launched  StARTup will provide free space, resources and support to an innovative artist-run collective, business and/or not-for-profit. 
 
 
Needs Statement
  1. Sponsors for Charlotte Street's 5 Award recipients in the visual and performance-based arts. ($10,000 each)
  2. Sponsor for Art Omi International Residency in which one KC-area visual artist is selected to attend a one-month residency in Upper State New York to create work and interact with artists from around the world and curators from New York and beyond. ($6,000)
  3. Sponsors to support an artist in CSF's Studio Residency Program where more than two dozen artists receive free studio space for a year, a mentor, professional development support, studio visits by regional and national curators, and opportunities to exhibit or show their work in a CSF gallery space. ($2,000 for each artist)
  4. Support to purchase equipment for the CSF gallery spaces including a camera, light kit, and iPads. ($500 - $1500)
  5. Hosts for CSF's Artists Matters events in which someone hosts a reception in their home or office  
Service Categories
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Arts & Culture
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As the Executive/Artistic Director, I am excited about the future of Charlotte Street as we approach our 20th Anniversary in 2017.
 
While 19 years ago Kansas City was routinely losing promising artists and creative to other cities, Charlotte Street’s programs, partnerships, leadership, and influence both locally and nationally have been crucial in reversing this tide, to where Kansas City is now becoming a magnet for artists from around the country, and drawing the attention of arts and culture leaders from coast to coast. Evidence of this has been a 30% increase from the year prior in the number of out of state applications seeking residency opportunities in 2016 and the girth of applications received for the Curator-In-Residence from curators nationwide.
 
In 2017 we will pilot two new residency programs. StARTup will be a new residency program for art entrepreneurs and will be housed in a storefront in downtown Kansas City.  The Neighborhood Residency Initiative will establish a pilot residency program on Troost Avenue.  This program will create a mutual space for the community and artists to collaborate, inspire each other and be responsive to the history, current interests and concerns and stories of the people who live in the Troost Corridor neighborhoods. 
 
We truly believe that artists have changed the culture in Kansas City and can continue to be a catalyst for change. Because of that, Charlotte Street is never challenged to create ideas and programming to respond to the needs of artists.  We are, however, challenged to find enough funding to do all the things we'd like to do.  We are extremely thankful to have support from some national foundations such as the Andy Warhol Foundation and Pollock-Krasner Foundation and from many local foundations including Muriel Kauffman, Hallmark and Francis Family Foundations, to name a few. We have much, much more that we'd like to do when funding allows.
 
 
Programs
Description
Charlotte Street supports artistic risk-taking and experimentation and raises the visibility of challenging contemporary art in Kansas City. Through its public programs, CSF provides opportunities for local artists and curators to propose projects including exhibitions, performances and other events through a competitive selection process.  This Open Call for Proposals is offered twice a year; artists receive free space, production and marketing support and a small stipend.  
 
An emerging national curator is supported through CSF's  
Curatorial Residency. A curator is selected for an 18 month residency to create original exhibitions for CSF's main gallery, carry out studio visits, develop public programs that help deepen audience engagement, and through partnerships with area colleges, teaches.   
 
Other public programs include the Artists' Walks at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the MoBank Artboards or artist billboards.
Program Budget $165,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified,
Short-Term Success
The Open Call for Proposals has been continued as an ongoing rolling call for ideas where artists/curators may apply twice a year.  By increasing the frequency of the call, we are better able to capture strong projects as they are evolving.  
 
The Curatorial Residency program will be expanded from 10 to 18 months and the resources for the monthly stipend and exhibition allowance will increase in order to deepen the engagement of the Residency Curator with both the staff and KC artists.   
Long-Term Success Through its public programs CSF contributes to a vibrant arts-friendly, arts-supporting city where artists are cultivated, respected and admired by leaders in the business, political, philanthropic and civic communities, as well as by a significant segment of the general public. The resulting support for artists leads them to participate more fully in our community and attracts artists from other cities and the region. Positive artistic, cultural and economic ripple effects proliferate, as the city becomes known as a dynamic source of creativity, ideas and surprises.
Program Success Monitored By The Curatorial Residency Program is evaluated through an initial discussion and presentation of goals by the Residency Curator, ongoing discussions between the Curator, Director and program staff to monitor progress, and a final exit interview.  With the newly re-introduced Open Call for Proposals, CSF is developing evaluation tools that will help the organization capture information about process, attendance, issues, and specifics about programming.  We also will capture through exit interviews opinions from artists/curators on how to improve the program and what is working especially well. 
Examples of Program Success
Artists consistently cite CSF as an essential support for developing their careers; many for the first time are able to add published reviews and professionally designed promotional materials/essays to their portfolios. For others, the public programs have provided an opportunity to collaborate with artists from other disciplines in new and “edgy” projects. 
 
From the perspective of community-wide impact, we quote Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr., Retired President/CEO of Hallmark Cards, Inc. “Winston Churchill said, ‘To perceive a path and point it out is one thing, but to blaze a trail and build a path is a harder task. Charlotte Street Foundation has built a path for urban renewal by enabling the creativity of artists to intersect with and spark economic development activities. It is a replicable and combustible formula that has renewed an important link in our urban corridor.’”
 
 
Description
Since its founding in 1997, CSF has supported outstanding artists with unrestricted cash awards.  To date 105 Kansas City area visual and generative performing (music, theatre, dance, multidisciplinary) artists  have received more than $753,500. These competitive $10,000 Charlotte Street Awards acknowledge accomplishment and promise, and spur continued artistic development.  
 
In 2010 the Andy Warhol Foundation engaged CSF to join its re-granting co-hort to oversee a project grant that supports artists creating innovative work outside the context of traditional arts venues. Today196 projects have been supported by $332,000 worth of project grants.
 
Additional awards to visual artists include a one-month paid residency at Art Omi International Studio Residency Program in Upstate NY and a travel grant for one artist to attend an international art fair.
 
Program Budget $108,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term, the CSF Visual and Generative Performing Awards Program will be successful if funding is maintained at the current level of $50,000 for five awards. Further, short-term success will also be achieved if larger audiences are attracted to the annual exhibit, more critical reviews of the work are published and more artists are able to receive and benefit from studio visits/critiques from nationally-recognized Awards panelists.
Long-Term Success The long term impact for Charlotte Street Foundation’s Visual and Generative Performing Awards include greater recognition for the artist and evidence that their work is being collected by individuals and institutions like museums, that they are included in more exhibitions by nonprofit and for profit galleries or other venues, that they are finding an audience for their work, and that they are gaining greater sustainability as a working artist.  Through the recognition of this award, artists usually feel increased encouragement to experiment, collaborate with others and stretch their creativity.  Artists confidently creating strong work contributes to the greater cultural ecology of the community and contributes to both artists' desire to stay in Kansas City and citizens' commitment to or interest in moving to the community.
Program Success Monitored By Feedback from impartial “others” helps CSF monitor the level of its success. These “others” include not only critics and reviewers, but also thought leaders in the field locally and nationally who bring broad perspective to their analysis of the program. Ongoing dialogue with local individual artists and the arts community provides further input and shapes modifications and additions to the program. One very real but very challenging measure of success is the degree to which this community has increasingly looked to CSF for leadership and increased services.
Examples of Program Success Ample evidence of the success—and the impact—of a decade of Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Arts Awards may be seen in “10” the highly acclaimed 10th anniversary book published in 2007. With introductory essays and artist profiles by local and nationally-recognized critics and arts professionals, “10” chronicles not only the impact of Charlotte Street Foundation and its Awards, but also the creative terrain of Greater Kansas City area. New opportunities for the featured artists are already emerging as a product of the distribution of this publication, as are new local and national contacts and recognition for CSF. Further evidence of impact and success of the Awards can be inferred from artist requests for a similar program of awards for generative performing artists that was begun in 2008.
Description Through its Studio Residency Program, Charlotte Street awards free studios and rehearsal space to outstanding visual and performing artists (composers, musicians, choreographers, theater artists, and interdisciplinary artists) and writers.  Located on the 6th floor of Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City, artists may access the CSF Studios on a 24/7 basis. Selected through a competitive process, artists receive free space for year-long terms, mentors, professional development support, studio visits with regional and national curators and other professionals, and opportunities to show their work at one of our two downtown gallery spaces.  Currently more than 30 artists are in the program. The public engages with the Residents and their work through public programs including the annual Slide Slam, the spring Open Studios and exhibitions and other programs featuring the work of Studio Residents.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success In the short term, artists in the Charlotte Street Studio Residency gain space to create work and experiment with ideas, have the opportunity for public exhibition, develop valuable professional networks, and strengthen their careers through speakers and trainings, mentors and studio visits by curators. 
Long-Term Success
Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency program was designed to benefit not only artists, but the greater Kansas City arts ecology. When it was originally designed in 2004, it placed artists in unused downtown spaces.  The Studio Residency combined with the public programs that occurred in downtown KC contributed to the overall development of the area that has led to a more vibrant downtown.
 
For artists, the Studio Residency has helped to keep young artists, who have recently graduated from one of the art colleges, from leaving Kansas
City.  At a challenging transition in a young artists' life, it is difficult to keep focused on one's art practice as he or she is navigating living on his or her own.  In a different way, artists new to KC also need a place to help connect them to the larger community.  Every year several artists in the program come to KC from other places in the US such as Boston, San Antonio and places in California.  The Residency provides a space to create work and a community of artists with whom to develop relationships.  Through the professional development components of the program, artists are able to learn where resources are, develop relationships with curators and other professionals, and become infused in the artist and cultural community - all contributing to the long term vitality of the city.
 
Program Success Monitored By
When Residents enter the program, artists are required to complete a year-long goal sheet, tracking artistic and professional goals for participation in the one-year term. Each tracks his or her success through a survey at the end of the term, compared to goals set at the start of the year.  These goals also are shared with mentors who help the artists stay on track.
 
At the Residency’s annual Open Studios event, surveys are circulated to the hundreds of attendees.  Residents also are asked to complete a survey at the end of the Open Studios event.
 
The Studio Residents are selected by a jury of artists and arts professionals in the KC area. Each year, we look forward to applicants not only from Kansas City, but from around the country who are drawn to the benefits that this program can provide.
Examples of Program Success
Here is an example collected from an end-of-year report that each Resident is required to fill out:
The Residency has given me enough time and free space to make a body of work that I have wanted to make for the past year. I also significantly advanced my professional practice: I applied to be in 5 shows, 4 of which I was accepted into; I researched graduate programs; built a website; redesigned my business cards and researched other national and international residency and internship programs. Additionally, I used Open Studios as a time to showcase my work, and I was approached by several collectors and gallery directors. My personal relationships with my fellow residents have grown immensely, and the network of artists and arts professionals that I have met has grown considerably.  
 
CEO Comments
Charlotte Street carries out its work through an integrated approach to programming in which the services, programs and opportunities intersect with artists over the arc of their careers. We specifically reach artists at critical points in their development when opportunities can be leveraged for the greatest impact. By providing support for artists to further develop their work, explore new ideas and methods, experiment and take risks, strengthen their networks, gain exposure and increase their professional acumen, they are able to better reach new audiences and contribute to the larger cultural dynamic that makes KC unique. As we continue to stay attuned to the needs of KC artists and respond with programs that not only meet those needs, but also challenge artists to excel, we will advance our programs to be at the cutting edge, delivering results that have the greatest impact for both artists and the community at large.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Amy Kligman
Term Start Sept 2015
Experience Amy Kligman, Director, joined Charlotte Street in June 2015.  She was a corporate creative leader, holding titles like Innovation leader, Creative Strategist, and Art Director at Hallmark Cards.  She was a founding member of Plug Projects, an artist-run curatorial collaborative in Kansas City's West Bottoms that received a Rocket Grant in 2011.  During the course of her time at Plug, Amy was an integral part of imagining, planning, and facilitating four years of exhibitions, publications, performances and public programs.  Kligman is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design and has held an active studio practice and exhibited nationally since receiving her BFA in 2001. Recent highlights from her studio work include a Charlotte Street Fellowship (2014), the Byron Cohen Award (2014), inclusion in New American Paintings (issue #101), purchase of her work by the Nerman Museum of Art (2014) and a Missouri Bank Artboards commission (2015).
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Julie Gordon Dalgleish Aug 2013 - Oct 2015
Mr. David Hughes Jr. -
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 80
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 60%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Most initiatives CSF undertakes is a collaboration. Current collaborations include those with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Arts KC--Regional Arts Council, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, UMKC Innovation Center, the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Spencer Museum of Art at KU, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Boulevard Brewery, Copaken Brooks, UMB and Oklahoma Visual Arts Consortium.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Citation of Merit at 25th Anniversary DinnerGreater Kansas City Community Foundation2004
Cornerstone AwardKC Economic Development Corporation2005
Trudy Award for Excellence in Arts & EducationYoung Audiences2006
Honorary DoctorateKansas City Art Institute2007
Initiative AwardAndy Warhol Foundation2008
Architectural Advocates of the YearAmerican Institute of Architects2008
Neighborhood Excellence Initiative - Neighborhood Builder AwardBank of America2009
Neighborhood Excellence Initiative - Neighborhood Builder AwardBank of America2010
Highest Rating of 36 Largest Arts OrganizationsFrancis Family Foundation2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Charlotte Street Foundation is a catalytic, artist-centered organization - one that strives for the highest quality in all we do. Members of our curatorial panels for all our programs and initiative, our board and staff all strive to be nationally-leading in our efforts. The Warhol Foundation - and others - have commented on how much we accomplish with our small budget. This is due in large part to the artists and art professionals who give so much to our efforts. It is also due to the extraordinary in-kind contributions we receive, especially from building owners who donate space to us. It is due to our partners in collaboration on all our initiatives, as detailed in the descriptions of our programs. It is also due to the high quality staff and board who go to such extraordinary extra efforts to make what we do meaningful.
 
In addition to all our programming, we have devoted significant resources and thinking to our infrastructure and outreach efforts in the recent years.  We have added judiciously to staff and nearly doubled the size of our board.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jon Taylor
Company Affiliation The Reach Collaboration
Term May 2013 to May 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Ina Anderson LISC
Mr. Jose Faus Artist
Ms. Catherine Futter Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Ms. Marianne Getchell
Mr. Dan Maginn el Dorado, Inc.
Ms. Laura McCray HCap Search
Ms. Julie Nelson Meers
Ms. Raechell Smith H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute
Mr. Jon Taylor The Reach Coalition
Ms. Toma Wolff Byron Cohen Gallery
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Charles Bergman The Pollack-Krasner Foundation
Ms. Pamela Clapp Former Program director for Andy Warhol Foundation
Ms. Jenny Dixon Noguchi Museum
Ms. Saralyn Reece Hardy Spencer Museum, Lawrence KS
Mr. Bruce Hartman Nerman MOCA, Overland Park KS
Mr. Aaron Landsman Theater Artist, New York
Ms. Ruby Lerner Creative Capital Foundationm NY
Ms. Valerie Cassel Oliver Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Mr. Larry Rinder Berkeley Art Museum
Ms. Margaret Silva Grand Arts
Mr. Patterson Sims Independent curator, NY
Mr. Gregory Volk NY-based critic/curator
Mr. Sixto Wagon DiverseWorks, Houston
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $828,186
Projected Expenses $813,369
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$575,219$560,947$617,557
Government Contributions$22,351$21,573$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$22,351$21,573$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$5,655$18,034$2,200
Investment Income, Net of Losses($24,348)$26,253$110,151
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$408,160$506,730$419,518
Administration Expense$145,957$140,410$95,168
Fundraising Expense$125,614$81,294$59,097
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.850.861.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%70%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue21%14%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,730,131$1,801,252$1,890,196
Current Assets$928,881$1,111,114$1,225,338
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$75,097$45,364$32,681
Total Net Assets$1,655,034$1,755,888$1,857,515
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.3724.4937.49
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAndy Warhol Foundation $98,700Andy Warhol Foundation $98,700Individual Donor $74,843
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $75,400Hall Family Foundation $75,400Grand Arts $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFlarsheim Charitable Foundation $35,000Flarsheim Charitable Foundation $35,000Bank of America $43,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Charlotte Street Foundation is in a strong financial position. In 2015 the Board of Directors approved an Investment Policy that established guidelines for using its working capital reserve fund and its unrestricted reserve fund, both of which have been created to help sustain the organization during emergencies and unexpected changes in support as well as unusual opportunities for organizational and program development.  
Organization Name Charlotte Street Foundation
Address PO Box 10263
Kansas City, MO 64171
Primary Phone (816) 994-7734
Contact Email info@charlottestreet.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Kligman
Board Chair Mr. Jon Taylor
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Reach Collaboration
Year of Incorporation 2003