Matt Olin

A Creative Key to Brain Health: Making Junk Mail Collages

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | March 23, 2021

“You should see the participants let their guard down while they play with their food. This from a generation of people who demanded that their children ‘stop playing with their food!’”– Kelly Adams, Life Enrichment Coordinator at The Ivey Tucked awa… read more »

Your Kids Love Roblox. Two Charlotteans Are Partly Responsible.

CLT Creatives | March 16, 2021

When shares of Roblox, the insanely popular video game platform, went public last week and the company surged to a valuation of more than $45 billion, I had to congratulate myself for the role I played in getting them there. After all, over the past… read more »

5 Questions as Charlotte Considers a New Approach to Arts Funding

Editorials | March 16, 2021

NOTE: The editorial below was originally published as a guest editorial in The Charlotte Observer on March 14, 2021. Charlotte’s creative community is passionately debating a proposition by City Council members to shift the City’s investment in some… read more »

Our New Best Friend – Demond Richardson

Our New Best Friend | January 26, 2021

January 15 was National Hat Day, and in anticipation of that, we put out the call on social media: Who’s the best custom hat designer in Charlotte? Who creates the coolest crowns in the Queen City? We got an avalanche of comments. And, more than 100… read more »

New Year. Same Four Walls. – How We Create Connections in 2021

Creative News, Editorials | January 6, 2021

CreativeMornings/Charlotte in March 2020. PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Lamar [NOTE: The image above of CreativeMornings/CLT at Divine Barrel in March of 2020 (the last time the group met in person) fills me with emotions — a longing to HUG everyone I see …. read more »

Biscuit Blitz: A Quick Chat with Leonard Love

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | November 10, 2020

Charlotte-area native Leonard Love, is no stranger to fitness. As a high school football player at Butler High School, he was a second-team All-Mecklenburg selection by the Charlotte Observer. He was a member of the Appalachian State team during the… read more »

Elder Gallery Hits “HOME” with New Exhibition

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | November 5, 2020

Sure, we’ve all spent an extraordinary amount of time at home this year. But how much time have we spent considering what “home” really means for creatives? More specifically, what does Charlotte need to do to make its artists truly feel at home in t… read more »

3 Ways to Spend a Nerdy Night In

Creative News, Happenings | October 15, 2020

Last November, we featured an interview with Joe Hunsaker, event manager for Blumenthal Performing Arts, about the roll-out of the new “Nerdy Night Out” series. Well, the world has witnessed extraordinary change since then, but one thing remains true… read more »

BISCUIT BLITZ: A Quick Chat with Varian Shrum

Videos | September 24, 2020

Prepare to experience extreme “Houseplant Envy!” Camp North End Community Manager and domestic green thumb, Varian Shrum, has been facing down a riddle this year: How do you gather people together in real life when you’re not allowed to do that? For… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: A Quick Chat with Sydney Duarte

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | September 17, 2020

Since her first day on Planet Earth, Sydney Duarte (AKA The Traveling Gypsy) has been a bright bolt of creative energy and positivity. And in the 18 years she’s been in Charlotte since moving here from Kentucky, she has shared her energy and smile wi… read more »

A Lifelong Love Affair with Stages by Matt Olin

Creative News, Editorials | September 9, 2020

When I was eight years old (how old my daughter is now), my parents took my twin brother and me to our first live theater production. It was a revival of Peter Pan on Broadway starring Sandy Duncan and that guy who played Mr. Belvedere on TV. Somehow… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: Chris Cureton of BOLTGROUP

Biscuit Blitz, Videos | September 2, 2020

Waxhaw native son, Chris Cureton, is Creative Director at BOLTGROUP, a design innovation firm with a 35-year history in the Queen City. On today’s Biscuit Blitz, he chats with Matt about ways that the Black Lives Matter movement has added a “refreshe… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: A Quick Convo with Dr. Keith Cradle

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | August 5, 2020

Charlotte, the doctor will see you now. Dr. Keith Cradle, that is. With nearly three decades of Charlotte now in his blood, this JCSU/UNCC/Pfeiffer/Walden alum is impacting our city in many ways — from his work as the Director of Youth and Juvenile… read more »

Wesley Mancini Gets Biscuit Blitzed

Videos | July 28, 2020

Award-winning fabric designer Wesley Mancini has a tenure of nearly four decades in “the greater Charlotte area” (33 years in QC proper!) and has experienced a lot, but nothing could have prepared him for the kind of disruption that a global pandemic… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: A Short Chat with Sen. Jeff Jackson

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | July 22, 2020

Senator Jeff Jackson has called the Queen City home for a decade, and he’s already created an admirable (and growing) legacy of leadership and service. As the representative of District 37 — that’s one-fifth of Mecklenburg County — he now finds him… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: 5 Minutes with Ju-Don Marshall

Biscuit Blitz, Videos | July 17, 2020

Turns out, WFAE’s Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, Ju-Don Marshall, is on her second tour of duty in Charlotte. During her first stint 25 years ago, she worked at the Charlotte Observer. Now, she oversees news and programming for o… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: 5 Minutes with Gau Gupte

Biscuit Blitz, Videos | July 6, 2020

Gaurav (Gau) Gupte is a Principal at Odell Associates, and his talent as a designer and architect can be seen all along the East Coast. During his two decades (and counting) as a Charlottean, this self-proclaimed introvert has been making his mark on… read more »

EDITORIAL: A Look Back at June

Editorials | July 1, 2020

Welcome to July 2020. On more than one occasion this year, I’ve wondered what day it is. Time is so fuzzy these days, it feels nearly irrelevant. But here we are, moving headlong into July. Has it already been six months? Has it only been six months?… read more »

Every Day Is An Adventure with Jen Edwards

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | July 1, 2020

In this edition of the Biscuit Blitz, Jen Sudul Edwards raps with Matt Olin about her roles as chief curator for the Mint Museum and board chair for Goodyear Arts (among others roles), and how the pandemic has forced her to embrace the mantra, “Every… read more »

COVID-19 and the Digital Divide

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Nonprofits, Videos | June 26, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us all onto the Web for education, business and entertainment. No problem if you have high-speed internet, but you’re still running to catch up. But, if you are in the grasp of the digital divide, without access to reliable broadb… read more »