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CHAMPIONING CHARLOTTE’S CREATIVITY

SINCE 2015

Charlotte is Creative

Charlotte Is Creative develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity – into a city that draws people in, excites them, and inspires them to invest their financial, social and creative capital.

We connect and celebrate Charlotte's creative citizens through live events like Creative Mornings/Charlotte and Queen City Quiz Show. We empower and support them through our HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) micro-grant program and related trainings. We inform and entertain our city through our official media channel, The Biscuit.

And we're innovating even more platforms and programming to provide further resources for Queen City creatives to be successful. Everything we do is in service of fortifying creativity in Charlotte, championing the diverse people making it happen, and strengthening the mutually-enriching relationship between Charlotte’s creative and business communities.

Mat Olin & Tim Miner, Co-Founders of Charlotte is Creative
Mat Olin & Tim Miner, Co-Founders of Charlotte is Creative

Charlotte is Creative

Charlotte Is Creative develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity.
Hug Micro-Grant

HUG Micro-Grants

HUGs (Helpful Unfettered Gifts) are $250 strings-free micro-grants – aka “Love Bombs of Cash” – awarded monthly to non-profit and for-profit creative initiatives in Charlotte to help propel the project forward or remove a small obstacle to its overall success. Nearly $40,000 in HUGs have been awarded to date.
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Quenn City Quiz Show

Queen City Quiz Show

Our live game show about Charlotte’s past and present is designed to spur community discourse, convey information, and empower citizens to shape our city’s future. QCQS has become known as an engaging component of public forums and gatherings and is available to hire for companies, outings, and events.
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Exploring Charlotte

Exploring Charlotte

Maybe you’re new to Charlotte. Or maybe you’ve been here for a while, but are still eager to get plugged in. We’re your guide to the surging creative energy of our city – the diverse neighborhoods, the colorful details, the must-see projects, the must-attend events, and the ways to get involved.
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Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings/CLT

Our free monthly breakfast series (with a worldwide community of chapters) celebrates the creative spirit of Charlotte and features local speakers, live music, and more. The diverse audience is united by the belief that “Everyone is Creative” and a desire to make our city more vibrant and connected.
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The Biscuit

Our official media channel, The Biscuit, helps you take a big bite out of life in Charlotte. The Biscuit leads you on an exploration of the Queen City's creative community with daily news, weekly videos, podcasts, and humor.

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