Artist INC Management

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the UMKC Innovation Center.


Lisa Cordes is the Artist INC Professional Development Program Director. She has been a member of the Kansas City arts community for more than 25 years, working as an artist, administrator, and educator. For the past decade she has served in administrative leadership positions at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

In 2010, she was a recipient of a Charlotte Street Rocket Grant and an ArtsKC Inspiration grant for the development and performances of her play, Prop 8 On Trial, and was a resident artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio. As a playwright, her work has been produced by theaters across the country. Locally, she has produced many of her own plays and written several plays commissioned by The Coterie Theater, including scripts for their award-winning Dramatic AIDS Education Project that has now served over 100,000 young people.

Cordes has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Charlotte Street Foundation, and has consulted and written for the President's Committee on the Arts. Currently, she considers herself a freelance theater artist, writer, and recovering arts executive. 


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Sarah Hearn is an interdisciplinary visual artist and citizen scientist. Her artwork, rooted in drawing, photography, installation and participatory culture, explores the shifting boundaries of science and science fiction. Sarah has exhibited in galleries and art spaces across the United States and has contributed to international collaborations in Brooklyn, Berlin, and most recently Reading, UK . She was a 2014-2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident and a former visiting artist at Cow House Studios in County Wexford Ireland. Her fictional catalog of marine life An Unnatural History represented the United States at the World Creativity Biennial. Sarah’s multi-year collaboration with a PhD lichenologist will soon result in the first field guide of its kind in Oklahoma. Her city-wide project Urban Colonization is currently engaging the Kansas City ​public to hunt for hidden artificial lichen colonies in unassuming locations.

Sarah is Program Manager at Artist INC and previously served as a facilitator for Kansas City as well as an Artist INC liaison for Austin and OKC. Sarah is a Co-Director at PLUG Projects, an artist-run gallery space focused on expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists. She earned her BFA at Santa Fe University of Art & Design (formerly College of Santa Fe), and her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.