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.


These Guys

Founders & Executive Directors of Charlotte is Creative

Tim Miner

Co-Founder of Charlotte Is Creative. In his role as Creative Troublemaker, Tim organizes the local chapter of CreativeMornings and manages Queen City Quiz Show, the HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant Program and The Biscuit Daily Digest with his creative partner in crime, Matt Olin.

Prior to Charlotte Is Creative, Tim was the “Marketing Dude” at Brixx Pizza, a restaurant concept founded in Charlotte that has expanded into eight states. Over his 20-year marketing career, Tim helped to shape the modern-day Charlotte brand at Crescent Communities, Charlotte Center City Partners and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim serves on the Board of Directors for The Isabella Santos Foundations and the Nonprofit Advisory Committee at SHARE Charlotte. Tim is happily married to Kim Miner and has two daughters, Grace and Cate. They tell him daily he's an embarrassing nerd ... but they love him anyway.

Matt Olin

Co-founder of Charlotte Is Creative, a non-profit that develops and runs initiatives such as Queen City Quiz Show (winner of a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge Grant), the HUG (“Helpful Unfettered Gift”) creative microgrant program, and The Biscuit, a media channel covering the immense creativity and inspiring creators of Charlotte. He also hosts CreativeMornings/Charlotte, a popular monthly breakfast lecture series celebrating the creative spirit of Charlotte and its citizens. Matt spent the first 20 years of his career creating and producing theater in Charlotte and New York – productions garnering such honors as 14 Tony Awards, 50 Tony nominations, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and more. His wife, Sarah, and daughter, Mirabelle, also love calling Charlotte “home.”


Our Passions

Exploring & discovering the immense creativity happening throughout Charlotte

Named “Best Email to Land in Your Inbox” by Charlotte Magazine, The Biscuit is guaranteed to clog your arteries with Queen City creative news, rich profiles and a heaping helping of humor. Want to know more about the immense creativity happening throughout Charlotte, and the people behind it all? You’re in the right place. Hope you’re hungry.

Co-Founders and Chief Biscuit-makers, Tim Miner and Matt Olin, spent much of their growing-up years in Charlotte (albeit some would argue they’ve never actually grown up). They bring a deep love of home and emotional investment in their city into The Biscuit kitchen. 

The Biscuit is the official media channel of Charlotte Is Creative, a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of developing 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.

In addition to The Biscuit, Charlotte Is Creative produces such programs as:

As these programs have grown rapidly in their popularity, scores of stories were being uncovered about the creative people, places, and endeavors surging throughout the Charlotte region. Existing media sources simply weren’t covering them as much as these creators, and their city, deserved. So, The Biscuit was born ... or rather, baked.

With a true diversity of voices and inventive approaches to content, storytelling, profiles and investigations, The Biscuit rises up at the intersection of Charlotte’s creativity and community engagement. We champion those working to make this a vibrant, welcoming home for all.

While all those who contribute to The Biscuit may not agree on everything, we are united in the understanding that Charlotte is an astonishingly creative city. And, we are bound by a passion to explore the people, ideas and initiatives striving to make the Queen City a place where all have a chance to be heard, seen, successful and celebrated.

If you love Charlotte, you'll love The Biscuit. Subscribe today if you're savoring creative news, innovative insights, and a seriously scrumptious side of laughter.


SPREADING CREATIVE JOY ACROSS CHARLOTTE


Good Day Charlotte: 
https://www.fox46charlotte.com/good-day/375425867-video

WBTV:
Queen City Weekend: Creative Mornings 

Fox 46:
Queen City Quiz Show 

American Way Magazine:
https://americanway.com/en/features/2019/01/local-takes-charlotte-nc

The Charlotte Observer:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/article80252667.html

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/article46471815.html

Charlotte Magazine:
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/March-2019/CreativeMornings-Days-and-Nights/

http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/November-2015/Matt-Olin-Waking-Up-to-CreativeMornings/

WFAE:
http://wfae.org/post/creative-mornings-incarceration-and-patrice-gaines

The Charlotte Post:
http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2015/11/24/life-and-religion/have-a-creative-streak-there-s-a-place-for-that-in-the-morning/

Charlotte Five:
http://www.charlottefive.com/creative-mornings-will-fill-your-stomach-and-feed-your-soul/

Charlotte Agenda:
https://www.charlotteagenda.com/14372/matt-olin-brings-creativemornings-to-charlotte/