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Charlotte Street's David Hughes Announces Transition Plans

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.

Charlotte Street Foundation launched in 1997 to provide cash awards for artists based in Kansas City, and has expanded to include exhibitions, studio residencies, project grants, professional training and more.

"Charlotte Street is poised for a new phase of catalytic impact at a critical time in our artists community," said Hughes in an email. "My passion for artists and for Charlotte Street is intense and unwavering, but I feel now is the time to make room for new leadership, new ideas, and new possibilities."

According to Hughes, he'll continue to stay involved with the organization, but in more of a role as an advisor and advocate: "Beyond mid-2013, I will serve as Director Emeritus - Charlotte Street's champion and ambassador locally and nationally. I will continue to advise in the management of Charlotte Street's financial assets."

A press release today included this statement from Kirk Gastinger, Board President:

"Under David's leadership, Charlotte Street engaged key staff, board members, and community partners to ensure artistic quality and relevance. David also made long-term sustainability a top priority."

Gastinger added that funding for the organization now comes from local, regional, and national sources and that "Charlotte Street has never been more sound."

A transition team, created by Hughes, C0-Director Kate Hackman, and board members, will conduct a national search for the organization's next Executive Director.

Find out more about the transition plans here.

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