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Charlotte Street Foundation Announces 2009 Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellows

Poet Glenn North
Poet Glenn North

A panel of arts professionals chose two Kansas City artists as this year's Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artists: poet Glenn North and choreographer and dancer Tiffany Sisemore. Each will receive unrestricted cash grants of $5000.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – Performance poet Glenn North has shared the stage with poets like Nikki Giovanni and Amiri Baraka. North was recently accepted into the prestigious Cave Canem program for African-American poets. He's currently poet-in-residence and education specialist at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Tiffany Sisemore earned a BFA in dance performance from UMKC, studied in New York at the Ailey School, and her choreography has been featured at Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company among others. Sisemore recently co-produced a new work called "Now We Are A Coda."

A public performance of the artists' work is scheduled for later this fall.

Since it was established in 1997, the Charlotte Street Foundation has supported 70 Kansas City based visual and generative performing artists through annual, unrestricted cash grants, with a total of $432,500.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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