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Charlotte Street's Kate Hackman To Explore New Opportunities

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.

The founding editor of Review magazine, Hackman contributed art reviews and writings to this publication, as well as to The Kansas City Star, New Art Examiner, and Ceramics Monthly; she curated exhibitions at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, and H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, among others.

In 2004, Hackman joined the Charlotte Street Foundation at a time when the then-fledgling organization, founded by David Hughes, had gained its not-for-profit status and also launched the Urban Culture Project (UCP), turning vacant downtown spaces into venues for artists and arts programming.

During her tenure, Hackman directed the UCP program; she also established artist studio and curator residency programs, launched the Rocket Grants program, developed partnerships with arts institutions, as well as coordinating the annual artist awards for generative and visual artists. To date, the Charlotte Street Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in awards and grants to artists and their projects.

"Kate's contributions to the growth and development of Charlotte Street have made a lasting impact on the lives of individual artists in Kansas City. While we will miss her greatly, we are also excited for her and look with great anticipation for the next step in her career," said board president Jon Taylor in the release.

A search to fill Hackman's position will take place later this year.

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