The Speakeasy Opens Friday!


E-Dogz will be traveling all the way from Chicago to kick off the next six weeks of the Speakeasy!

Mid­west­ern BBQ Migration

April 6th, 6–9 PM

La Esquina 1000 W. 25th St. KC-MO (a Char­lotte Street Foun­da­tion Urban Cul­ture Project venue)

The Speakeasy examines and presents dialogue driven art practice through an evolving cultural corridor. It isn’t a static exhibition, but a set of unfolding, social situations and events occurring intermittently over the course of the exhibit. The Speakeasy is a specific place and moment for experimenting with and challenging both broader structures and ourselves in how we understand the economic and social forms that our art, our work, and our place take on.

The Speakeasy aspires to create a functioning experimental cultural center driven by conversation. At any given time one can witness and participate in various events. It will become a focal point to explore inherent and new models of creative labor, artistic integrity, contemporary curating, and the role of the audience. The Speakeasy depends on you. We offer the space for your activation through participation and collaboration. We provide the context you provide the content: A bar doubles as a podium for lectures, communal tables, a reading and research room, and a month long micro-granting dinner series where tips generated will fund three new projects in Kansas City.

Hope to see you there!


About Sean M. Starowitz

Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in D.C. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. More recently, he is a 2014 Charlotte St. Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.
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