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

Matt 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. As of January 2020, we've awarded more than $40,000 in HUGsto 160+ local projects.
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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

Employee Engagement

We help companies and organizations adjust to today's remote workplace culture with Employee Engagement Programs that inspire teams, strengthen leaders and encourage innovation. Through our customized programs, employees become more passionate and committed to their employer, their colleagues, and their city. And that’s how companies retain talent.
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Creative Mornings


Join with hundreds of Charlotteans the first Friday of the month at this free monthly breakfast series celebrating the creative spirit of the city with local speakers, live music, and more. The diverse audience is united by the belief that “Everyone is Creative” and "Everyone is Welcome," shared by over 200 CreativeMornings chapters around the world.
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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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This is going to be an incredible 30-min convo between @mattolincreative and @aprilbwhitlock of @lendingtreefoundation! Get the link in the bio of @interactstudio.


Posted @withregram • @interactstudio Our friend Matt Olin of Charlotte is Creative is joining us on Human Touch to talk with April Whitlock, the Executive Director of the LendingTree Foundation, about the LendaHand Alliance Cohort.⠀⁣
LendingTree has just launched this signature philanthropy program, a three-year program for 10 Charlotte-based nonprofits designed to maximize community impact through trust-based philanthropy and meaningful relationships.⠀⁣
The first LendaHand Alliance cohort includes:⠀⁣
- ArtPop Street Gallery⠀⁣
- Charlotte Is Creative⠀⁣
- Charlotte Rescue Mission⠀⁣
- Common Wealth Charlotte⠀⁣
- Digi-Bridge⠀⁣
- Do Greater Charlotte⠀⁣
- Dottie Rose Foundation⠀⁣
- Freedom Communities⠀⁣
- The Relatives⠀⁣
- West Side Community Land Trust⠀⁣
Use the link in our bio to register for our Thursday, October 21 virtual gathering!⁣

#interactstudio #lendingtree #lendahand #charlotte #clt #cltnc #charlottenc #cltnonprofits #cltevents #dogood #charlotteiscreative #exploreclt #charlottesgotalot

Amazing news shared by our pals at @wfae ❤️ Posted @withregram • @wfae Downtown Rock Hill will get a new mural this weekend from international street artist Shepard Fairey, widely known for designing former President Barack Obama's "Hope" campaign poster.⁠

The mural will measure roughly 156 feet by 25 feet, and Fairey will create it using one of his preferred methods: stencils and spray paint.⁠

Fairey, who is also known for activist artwork, graphic design, and his OBEY clothing brand, says he spent a lot of time in Rock Hill as a child visiting both sets of his grandparents, who still live in the town.⁠

Read more about the new mural at the link in our bio.⁠

(📸: Jon Furlong/Courtesy ObeyGiant.Com)

“Be a Maker.” Words to live by spotted at @uncchapelhill ...