Creative News


Can you bring order to chaos? Then, we have a job for you.


June 18, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | Creative News

Charlotte Is Creative is looking to engage the contract services of a project coordinator to make sure our creative cuckoo birds stay in the tree. Our nonprofit 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. NOW SEARCHING FOR: Creative Chaos Project Coordinator Do you pump your fist in victory when you finish off a well-ordered spreadsheet? Do you have a gift for getting the ducks in a row … especially if they really, really don’t want to…


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The Biscuit Podcast – The Knight Foundation’s Celebrate Charlotte Arts Grant


May 16, 2019 | By Andy Goh, Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News | How To/Resources | Podcasts

In April, the Knight Foundation announced the creation of a new initiative, Celebrate Charlotte Arts, inspired by recent efforts like BOOM Charlotte and Goodyear Arts. A unique program designed to bolster and accelerate the growth of the arts and its impact on the community in the Queen City, Celebrate Charlotte Arts allows creatives across a wide array of disciplines to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 from an available pool of $200,000 the Knight Foundation has reserved for this effort. Applications are due on June 7 and community information sessions about the effort are scheduled May 21-23. To explore the origins of Celebrate…


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Changes to the Biscuit are Coming!


May 16, 2019 | By | Creative News | Videos

You may have noticed that we’ve been rationing Biscuits this week. By now, you’re probably ravenous. Well, there’s a good reason for it, and Matt Olin and Tim Miner tell you all about it in less than 60 seconds in this video. Next week, get ready to feast.


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Charlotte SHOUT!


May 8, 2019 | By | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte | Videos

Happy Wednesday! We are just one day away from the main events of Charlotte SHOUT! taking over Uptown, so … it’s pretty much like the Super Bowl. Music. Art. Food. Ideas. It’s a smorgasbord. Oh yeah … and we’ve hidden FREE ticket giveaways & specials for SHOUT! events in each article. Enjoy the hunt. And, get ready to SHOUT!


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Empowering Hidden Leaders to Drive Community Change


June 13, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News

“By design it’s called an experience, because it is just that. You won’t be able to unsee or un-know what you learn…” – Alexandra Arrington, Director of Community Impact for Justice Initiative When the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force released their key findings report in March of 2017, it sent shock waves across the Queen City. It explored many truths about social imbalance and opportunity gaps that many Charlotteans had long ignored and were didn’t want to admit. It’s become an oft-repeated statistic that a 2014 Harvard University study ranked Charlotte last out of a field of 50 major cities in economic mobility. But, the report…


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(Chef) Peter’s Passion for The Perfect Pizza


June 11, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News

James Beard Award-winning chef Peter Reinhart may be known for bread. But, he has a passion for pizza. He’s quested coast to coast for his YouTube series and 2003 book, American Pie. And now, his journey has taken him to the Motor City to take a bite out of Detroit Pizza. Chef Peter, chef on assignment at Johnson & Wales University, worked for two years to delve into just why, after so many years, Detroit pizza has been crowned “the next big thing” in pizza. Chef Peter Reinhart – CREDIT: Heather Liebler “Deep pan pizzas have me very excited right now,” said Chef Peter. And,…


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Sprinkles of History: National Donut Day & The Salvation Army


June 6, 2019 | By Brent Rinehart | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News

Upon reading that tomorrow – June 7 –  is National Donut Day, you probably reacted one of two ways: 1) Eye-rolling about yet another National Blah Blah Blah Day, or … 2) Yay! Free donuts! But, did you know the history behind the beloved Donut Day celebration? It goes way beyond getting a free treat at your favorite bakery. The Donut’s True Beauty PHOTO CREDIT: The Salvation Army During World War I, Salvation Army volunteers, most of them women, set up small huts near the frontlines in France to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to American troops. They gave out writing supplies and stamps,…


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Fourth Time’s a Charm for Dupp & Swat


June 5, 2019 | By Tim Miner | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

Unique people have unique ideas. Unique ideas need unconventional spaces. That’s how Dupp & Swat was born of two unique people in 2010 – siblings Dion (AKA Dupp) and Davita (AKA Swat) Galloway. “[Dupp & Swat] is whatever the community wants. We’ll continue to do events similar to that which we’ve always done and will say ‘yes’ to events not yet tried, not yet created, as well. If we have the capacity and aren’t already booked, consider it done,” said Davita Galloway. And then … it was time to move Dion and Davita Galloway In establishing the original Dupp & Swat, Davita and Dion created…


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Brand the Moth is Searching for First-Time Muralists


June 4, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | How To/Resources

Have you ever wanted to try something new, but you didn’t know where to start? To take that next step in your career or your passion, but the task ahead seemed too daunting? Sometimes you just need a helping hand — whether you are a writer who wants to finally tackle that novel, an at-home baker who wants to open a pastry shop or, in this case, an artist who wants to paint the city’s next beautiful mural but doesn’t know how. Brand the Moth, a nonprofit focused on public art in Charlotte that just won the coaches prize at #SEED20, is lending their support…


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HUG LIFE: Stitching the Threads of Possibility


June 4, 2019 | By Bernice Mar | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

Margaret Burton is an artisan. She’s a clothing designer (for Buffalo Jackson) and an emerging brand changing our relationship with clothes. At the same time, she’s making important inroads with young refugees and inner-city students by using sewing as a tool for transformation. She’s doing all of this through Project 658, a nonprofit ministry that serves at-risk families and refugee communities. “We believe by teaching these new skill sets, [students] can use fashion and creativity to write a new story for themselves and their community,” she says. With a flair for design, a heart for teaching and a passion for sustainable practices, Margaret is a…


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Quacking Back with Charlotte Squawks


May 30, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | Creative News | For Newcomers | Happenings

Charlotte Squawks is a summer tradition in Charlotte. And, it’s quacking back again. The annual musical parody show that views the Queen City through a satirical lens celebrated its 15th opening night last night … and it’ll keep on ruffling feathers until June 23 at the Booth Playhouse. This year’s show — titled Charlotte Squawks 15: Quackceañera — promises to bring its own special brand of comedy to the Queen City by spoofing on the pop culture, sports and political trends of Charlotte. Think of the show as Charlotte’s satirical year-in-review. Brian Kahn, head scriptwriter for Charlotte Squawks, describes the performances as “Broadway meets Saturday…


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200Artists: SouthEnd ARTS Helps Artists Find Their Voice (and Each Other)


May 28, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Happenings | How To/Resources

Charlotte’s a growing city. And, that can mean growing pains. New restaurants, breweries and apartments seem to pop up all across the city overnight, but when these businesses come in, artists are often displaced. While it’s exciting to see our city expand, it is important to realize the impact these new spaces create on our community.  As recently as 2017, over 100 artists in South End lost their affordable studio and exhibition spaces. The lack of affordable studio spaces led to the creation of SouthEnd ARTS in 2018 and later, their grassroots 200Artists movement. The dynamic of SouthEnd’s art community was struggling with the changes…


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HUG LIFE: “Healthy” Matchmaking Debuts in Charlotte


May 28, 2019 | By Bernice Mar | CLT Creatives | Creative News

A creative “first” took place in Charlotte on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — the inaugural Charlotte Healthcare Matchmaking conference organized by Charlotte’s Healthtech Women (HTW). It was helped — in part — by a HUG Micro-Grant. Nearly seventy attendees and an impressive lineup of speakers and interactive workshops came together for a day of thought-provoking discussion, continuing education, and community engagement. The conference was the largest initiative undertaken to-date by HTW — a global non-profit organization that is committed to improve the health ecosystem, empower women, and advance industry opportunities. The matchmaking idea, which brought together diverse and divergent folks across the healthcare value chain,…


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“The RE: Series” Tackles the Power of Art and Design


May 16, 2019 | By Matt Olin | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Happenings

Wouldn’t it be awesome to get into a time machine, go back, and examine Charlotte’s past? Or perhaps, sometimes, even change it? Obviously, we can’t do that. (Plus, Avengers: Endgame warned us about changing the past, anyway. Right?) We can only affect the future, and that’s what “The RE: Series” is all about. The RE: Series is a new thought leadership speaker series presented by Crescent Communities, Ally Bank and Asana Partners, and produced in collaboration with our team at Charlotte Is Creative. We designed the RE: Series from the ground up to be a little different than your traditional speaker series. All of its…


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Make Clouds of Thought, Not War: An Interview with MCOT


May 9, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

It’s just a fact that museums and galleries are the best places to see art? Right?  What if I told you the one best places to see art is while you’re standing on a corner, waiting for the light to change? Or on your short walk from the parking lot to work? Or sitting in rush hour traffic? Next time, glance at the stickers on the light post. Take a moment to look at the new mural that has been painted on the side of the building next to where you work. Look at the graffiti on the underpass while you wait for one car…


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Four to Follow: Charlotte SHOUT! Edition


May 8, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Creative News

The Queen City is so alive with creatives doing incredible work, sometimes you don’t know exactly where to look. That’s where we come in. Each week in The Biscuit, we’ll highlight four Instagram accounts related to Charlotte creatives that deserve your attention … and your follow. With Charlotte SHOUT! taking over the city this week, we’ve picked four local creatives you can enjoy online (and in person) this weekend. Talking Walls If you read The Biscuit, you know we have a particular love for murals and street art. Between the murals going in at End-To-End at Camp North End and the murals underway Uptown by…


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We don’t know what to say about gun violence. But, we’ll help you say it.


May 7, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials

Charlotte is our home. Despite trying our best to escape it after high school, Charlotte drew us back in and has emerged to become a great love of both of our lives. Charlotte is a source of pride for us. Championing the creativity abilities alive in this city has become our passion and our purpose. It’s not a blind love. As much as Charlotte enthralls us, it also angers us, frustrates us and saddens us. When we look at our city, we see a community bursting with creative energy and potential. We also see a place where many people are hurting. A place where many…


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BOOM-Shaka-Laka: Two Artists Bringing an Explosion of Creativity to the BOOM Festival


April 23, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editorials | Happenings

Three… two… one… BOOM! The fourth annual BOOM festival is taking over Plaza Midwood this weekend — Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. BOOM is a three day arts experience that aims to highlight the power of art and the ways it can bring communities together by creating a space for artists and audiences to collaborate. The festival will feature a diverse range of visual artists, musicians, performers and poets who are helping create an explosive wave of creativity in the Charlotte region. Included in the long list of excellent artists participating in BOOM are two HUG (Helpful, Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant recipients: Andrea Downs…


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The Business of Murals in a City of Business


April 23, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials | Exploring Charlotte | For Newcomers

It was the summer solstice of 2017. The temperature hovered just below 100 degrees. As the sun beat down on him, Jonay di Ragno painted a mural in NoDa. And, he was having the time of his life. “I was having fun. People bringing me slices of pizza and Sprite and beer,” di Ragno remembers. “I was going to start at 8 am and stop later, but people were so interested in the process, they would not let me finish. [When I went to the bathroom and came back], people were already taking pictures. [The work wasn’t even at] 50% of my vision. They were…


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‘Commercial gentrification’ pushes 120 entrepreneurs out at North End biz center


April 22, 2019 | By Jonathan McFadden | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials

Up to 120 small businesses in a coveted piece of North End real estate have until April 30 to move out before developers transform it into a mixed-use space for large offices and retail. Last November, Texas-based Artesia Real Estate purchased the City North Business Center at 1801 N. Tryon St., less than a mile from uptown, for $8.8 million. Plans call for Artesia to turn the sprawling business plaza into General Assembly, a 125,000-square-foot office/retail building with common meeting areas, a café and large windows for natural light. For that to happen, though, the 120 businesses — many of them black-owned — that call…


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