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 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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A Quick Note from Tim Miner & Matt Olin

Happy New Year! MAIN PHOTO CREDIT: The 5&2 Project Over the last six years, we’ve met creatives across Charlotte and across creative disciplines. It’s been

Meet the 2021 Bolt of Inspiration Recipients

Moss Art Bolt of Inspiration designed & created by The Savage WayAs you look ahead at another 12 months of possibility and opportunity, we invite

APPLICATIONS OPEN: HUG Grant for McColl Center Studios

December 31, 2021 — Charlotte Is Creative is proud to be in partnership with the McColl Center to make a HUG Micro-Grant available for four months’ use

More to Explore in Charlotte for 2022

We’re challenging you to a new resolution in 2022 — be a tourist in our your own town. Here are more places to add to

Take a Creative Tour of Shelby, NC

Walkable, historic, charming, inspired. Shelby checks all the boxes for a creative day of play. Lace up your walking boots and don your cozy coat

15 CLT Treasures to Get Holiday Guests Out of the House

“The visitors are coming! The visitors are coming!” If you’re like us, you’re experiencing a mixture of anticipation and (let’s face it) a teensy bit

Meet Your New Favorite Hangout: Starlight on 22nd

Unless headed to Girls Rock Charlotte at 423 E. 22nd St., you may never have had occasion to venture down 22nd Street, just off N.

THIS WEEK’S BATCH: Dec. 17, 2021

How to Write a Novel: Meredith Ritchie’s ‘Poster Girls’ was midwifed by and at Charlotte Lit “We only find our stories by telling them, so

Quick Creative Bites: Week of December 13

Artist Bunny Gregory and Dairy Bar owner Devin McDaniel ONE: Wells Fargo Teams with Local Artists to Beautify Local Businesses On Monday, a group of

Authors Lab Makes Novel Dreams A Reality

Many of us have thought or even said aloud, “I should write a book.” Even people who aren’t writers say they have a book –

PARTNERSHIP PAIRING: Carolina Thread Trail

“[E]ngagement coupled with the support and technical assistance from the Carolina Thread Trail turns a line on a map to a trail on the ground.”

@CLTBlackOwned Continues to Bolster Black Businesses

Jeff & Maddy Carothers and Ashley Creft launched @CLTBlackOwned (CBO) in June 2020 to help promote and support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The team set

The Life I Love Is Making Music with My Friends

“Music is something shared across all cultures. It’s something we all instinctively experience, when we hear our favorite song and feel the need to dance

Creative Profile: Meet Dweh Brown!

Meet Dweh Brown of Homebase Films! This Charlotte creative specializes in photography and videography. Dweh has also directed and filmed a number of stunning music

New Initiative helps creatives operate like the small business owners they are

More than 10 years ago – when I became a full-time freelance writer – people I’d never met came forth with what they promised were

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful dream, Reverend King. It’s up to all of us to be worthy of it and make@it reality. #mlk ...


    𝗕𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗦: InkaPrint (& ⁣@carlotantalents)⁣
    𝗜𝗚: @inkaprintclt
    𝗔𝗗𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗦: @gibsonmillnc⁣

    This is what pure joy looks like.⁣

    The jump for joy in this photo also represents the leaps of faith our friend, graphic designer Carolina (Caro) Diaz has taken along the way -- the faith she's had in herself and her own creative abilities - along the way to finally establishing a home for her screen printing business, @InkaPrint.⁣

    She's run her business out of her home for years. But, to start 2022, she took a leap of faith and signed a lease at Gibson Mill. She leapt into the New Year with both feet, knowing ... at any time ... she could fall. But, she leapt anyway. ⁣

    Caro has fallen a time or two, as anyone does. But, she's always gotten back up and leapt again. She's leapt again and again, learning every time and sharing what she's learned with the creatives around her and climbing ever higher as she goes.⁣

    It's kind of funny that we're naming Caro a "Creative to Watch in '22." That implies that we're just now meeting her. In fact, we met her years ago when we awarded her a $250 HUG Grant for @CLTenEspanol, a media channel about Latino creatives she helped found. Now, she even helps select HUG Grantees each month. We're proud to be on HER team.⁣

    We've been watching Caro for years. In her, we see someone who inspires us, pushes us and makes us want to take our own leaps – to fully embrace what Charlotte's creative community has to offer.⁣

    So watch Caro with us. 2022 is her year.⁣


    ▶️ Follow Caro.⁣
    ▶️ Visit Caro at Gibson Mill.⁣
    ▶️ Hire Caro.⁣
    ▶️ Take a leap with Caro.⁣

    And, keep your eye on our channel this month as we continue to highlight other exciting creatives we’re watching closely in 2022. It’s going to be an amazing year.⁣ Come with us on the journey.⁣

    #CharlotteIsCreative ⁣

    Happy Ice Day, everyone. May the milk flow, the bread be fresh and the toilet paper be plentiful for all! Thanks to the power crews, medical workers and first responders working hard today. #StaySafe #StayWarm #becreative #charlotteiscreative ...

    “Snow Day” doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So, what creative activities are you planning to do during “Ice Day” today, Charlotte? ...

    𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗢𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬: The City of Charlotte's Urban Design Center (@clturbandesign) has opened applications to be considered for addition to UDC's creative pool, which welcomes creatives ranging from visual artists, performers and photographers to poets, fabricators and teams fo artists. ⁣

    According to the UDC: "The Pool will be used to match local creatives on a rolling basis, with opportunities throughout Charlotte."⁣

    𝗡𝗢𝗧𝗘: Current members of the pool must complete a portion of the 2022 application to remain in the pool.⁣

    📸: @Owlymo at "Wildflowers on 11th" shot by @BrookeBrownPhotography_CLT⁣

    🗓: Applications are due by March 4, 2022.⁣
    We have included a link to the application in our bio.⁣


    Below are highlights from the application. We encourage you to click the link in our bio and review the entire application for yourself.⁣

    "The City of Charlotte Placemaking Program targets neighborhoods and activity centers by funding projects that create active and inviting public spaces, through activating leftover and/or underutilized public spaces, implementing enhanced streetscapes as well as demonstrating how public spaces can help transform neighborhoods by creating vibrant gathering spaces."⁣

    "The City is accepting qualifications from local professional creatives (visual artists, performing artists, fabricators, photographers, poets, etc.), teams of creatives, and artist management businesses/organizations for potential inclusion in the Prequalified Creatives Pool (Pool). The Pool will be used to match local creatives on a rolling basis, with opportunities throughout Charlotte."⁣

    "Creatives selected from the Pool may be commissioned to produce original work(s) and/or contracted to collaborate with the City to provide design or management services for art elements at several specific placemaking projects. Projects will range in scale and scope, possibilities may involve: pavement surface enhancements, seating, bike racks, handrails, lighting, kinetics, wall murals, street murals, photography, live performances, etc."

    We got tired of waiting for the snow, so we drove West to Boone to look for it. #snow #snowmageddon2022 ...