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WDAV and Fair Play Music Equity Initiative launch new ‘NoteWorthy’ series

Creative News, Music | April 13, 2021

Donny and Marie (Osmond, for those unfamiliar with America’s favorite Mormon brother-and-sister act) introduced America to the concept of “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1978. (If you don’t associate Donny Osmond with “rock’n’ro… read more »

A Prestigious Address

Creative News | April 6, 2021

The work of being an artist is mostly solitary. But there are tangible benefits to having other artists nearby. A community is vital to the creative process. The McColl Center for Art + Innovation has provided that sense of community since opening in… read more »

Carla Aaron-Lopez Brings LOCAL/STREET, an Underground Art Exhibition, to the Mainstream

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | March 23, 2021

Carla Aaron-Lopez is an artist, a middle school teacher and a parent. She’s exceedingly busy on a regular day. Yet she chose to organize what she calls “the largest project I’ve taken on in my career” to celebrate what feels like the beginning of the… read more »

Our New Best Friend: OG Weirdo

CLT Creatives | March 23, 2021

There’s a story behind why the artist formerly known as Scott Summers goes by OG Weirdo. It starts out sad, but keep reading. It’s ultimately empowering. A work-related accident in 2011 left him permanently light-sensitive. “Any type of bright lights… read more »

Delilah, a New Series on Oprah’s OWN Network, Was Filmed – And Set In – Charlotte

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | March 2, 2021

In TV and movies, Charlotte has stood in for Washington, D.C. and its Virginia suburbs (Homeland), Chicago (Leatherheads) and even a bleak, post-apocalyptic wasteland (The Hunger Games). But beginning next week, Charlotte will – finally – not be cast… read more »

Mashal Fatima Valam Uses Her Flower Power

CLT Creatives | February 16, 2021

Mashal Fatima Valam is a floral jeweler. The material she works with isn’t as durable as gold or silver, but her pieces aren’t meant to last a lifetime, either. Part of their beauty (and their worth) is in their fleeting nature. Valam, who was born i… read more »

The Accidental Poet: Kathie Collins on the life-changing art of writing (and reading) poetry

CLT Creatives | February 16, 2021

I’m in awe of poets. I’m in awe of my friend, Kathie Collins, whose poetry chapbook, Jubilee, is one I reach for again and again. When I cannot find the words for how I feel, sooner or later it’ll occur to me that someone else has had this feeling be… read more »

Jay Ward Explores ‘A Labyrinth of Secrets to Unlock’

CLT Creatives | February 9, 2021

If you think you don’t like poetry, Jay Ward – project manager by day and poet 24/7 – would like to have a word with you. Probably more than one word … and some of them will rhyme. “Depending on your first experience with poetry, it can feel intimida… read more »

How Retailer blis is Weathering the Pandemic

Creative News | February 9, 2021

We’re used to hearing about restaurants and retailers that started online or at pop-up locations and then made the leap to brick and mortar. blis did that in reverse. Like most retailers, blis started small. “We used to call the original store ‘littl… read more »

Brash Bear Bares Everything … But His Name

CLT Creatives | February 2, 2021

Paula Deen used to be everywhere. The Savannah restaurant she owns with her family, The Lady and Sons used to have a line that snaked out the door and around the block. She had cookbooks, TV shows, a whole Southern-fried culinary empire. That was bef… read more »

Charlotte Spoke to Poet Kia Flow. And, She Answered Back.

CLT Creatives | February 2, 2021

Poetry brought Kia Flow to the Queen City. The Jacksonville, Florida native started singing and performing as a kid at church and school. That led her to do a Slam Poetry show in Greenville, North Carolina. On that trip, Flow’s group stopped in Charl… read more »

5 (Or So) Ridiculous Questions with a (Former) Charlottean We Love … Conrad Ricamora

5 Ridiculous Questions, CLT Creatives | January 26, 2021

Conrad Ricamora has starred on a hit TV show, in a Lincoln Center revival of The King and I and in Here Lies Love, Fatboy Slim and The Talking Heads’ David Byrne’s “poperetta” musical – in which the audience takes part – that played at New York’s Pub… read more »

Camp North End Announces Winners of Emerging Black Architects Design Competition

Creative News | January 26, 2021

“Charlotte has a public plaza problem,” said Hasheem Halim, GM of creative workshop Saturn Atelier in Charlotte’s Derita neighborhood. “And Camp North End solves it, to an extent, with that main drag where dupp&swat and BLKMRKTCLT are. It’s great… read more »

‘How to Adapt to Your New Reality’

CLT Creatives, Creative News | January 21, 2021

“Here I am – 50 years old and starting a restaurant, and then COVID happened. It’s kind of crazy.” – Christa Csoka of The Artisan’s Palate COVID-19 and the attendant economic fallout have pummeled restaurants, galleries and artists.  So, a hybrid res… read more »

Poetry at Work Day: Three Charlotte Poets Share Ideas on How to Celebrate

CLT Creatives | January 12, 2021

Most offices could use a little more lyricism and a lot less “leveraging” and “going after the low-hanging fruit.” In fact, we shouldn’t limit sharing poetry – at work or elsewhere – to just one day. Poetry should be shared often – and especially in… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with Todd Smith

5 Ridiculous Questions, CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | November 20, 2020

Todd Smith Executive Director Bechtler Museum of Modern Art When Todd Smith became the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s executive director in early September, it was a homecoming of sorts. Smith lived in Charlotte early in his career – when he worked… read more »

Calling emerging, Black architects (or architecture students)!

Creative News | November 19, 2020

“From the beginning of Camp North End, we’ve been trying to … make it successful inside its boundaries, but also ensure it has a positive impact on the community.  And the Black Lives Matter movement this summer challenged us to up our game, to think… read more »

“Hands Up” shares 7 stories about 2 words Black people are too used to hearing 

CLT Creatives, Happenings | November 12, 2020

“Three Bone Theatre doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics or difficult conversations, and this piece will make some people uncomfortable,” Robin Tynes-Miller said. “And that’s important. It is about the trauma caused by police violence in the Bl… read more »

‘No shame in asking for help’

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | October 29, 2020

25% of individuals requesting help from Crisis Assistance Ministry since COVID have been brand new to the agency, compared with 1% during the same time last year. Liana Humphrey, the nonprofit’s chief marketing officer, says they’re coming from areas… read more »

The writing’s on the wall 

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | October 22, 2020

“We Are Hip Hop” is more than a mural. It’s an ongoing celebration of local hip-hop culture – a unique culture that helps elevate Charlotte. (“We don’t want to be a baby Atlanta,” Dammit Wesley said.)  Every letter tells a story.  The new Camp North… read more »