Call us crazy, but we’re thankful for 2020

Editorials | November 25, 2020

Prepare yourselves for a massive understatement … No one will ever want to relive 2020. Really going out on a limb there, right? From a rancorous Presidential election to unspeakable acts of racism and injustice, to a pandemic, economic ruin, global… read more »

Our New Best Friend(s): Rodrigo & Wendy Jimenez 

CLT Creatives, Our New Best Friend | November 25, 2020

@RodrigoAndWendy Rodrigo & Wendy Jimenez  FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE We thought we’d add a little extra spice to your Thanksgiving week … and the last week of Dancing with the Stars. (What!?!?! We already miss it!) The turkey in the oven ain’t the only… read more »

Where Are We in CLT? “Man Feeding Poor Man”

CLT Creatives, Where Are We in CLT? | November 24, 2020

Over the past few years, Uptown Charlotte has become a hotbed of mural art, thanks to artists from Talking Walls and many others. In fact, TWO new murals have been painted the 7th Street side of Duckworth’s and Spirit Square (across from Victoria Yar… 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 »

November 2020 HUG Micro-Grants

CLT Creatives, HUG Micro-Grants | November 19, 2020

Each month, Charlotte Is Creative awards Queen City creatives with HUG (“Helpful Unfettered Gift”) Micro-grants to help them move their passions and projects along. Six $250 HUGs were awarded in October from funds provided by HUG sponsors and individ… read more »

Greg Jackson Builds Others. Who Built Him?

CLT Nonprofits, Podcasts, Who Built Me | November 19, 2020

 Greg Jackson, founder of Heal Charlotte and recipient of November’s Bolt of Inspiration, presented by The Savage Way and OrthoCarolina, is working to provide affordable housing for families of need in Charlotte.  In the course of his work, he’s fou… read more »

Charlotte Star Room’s 3 Biggest Challenge

3 Biggest Challenges, CLT Creatives | November 19, 2020

After moving to the Queen City from New York in 2013,  Charlotte Star Room founders Levin and Alexis Chaskey got to work. They didn’t wait for invitations. They did the inviting. Or, they invited themselves. They couldn’t help it. They were excited b… read more »

Georgie Nakima’s New Mural at East Town Market

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, Where Are We in CLT? | November 19, 2020

It may seem like murals pop-up overnight, but they require a great deal of time, planning and patience. They also contain a great deal of secret wonder. Much of the base work artists use to establish the mural is covered up by the final product. If y… read more »

How to Help Flood-Damaged Creatives at LaCa Projects

Creative News | November 19, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Spiracle Media If you had not visited or heard of LaCa Projects in the FreeMoreWest area just off Morehead Street before last week, you likely have now. And, for the worst of reasons. Last Thursday, like many businesses along Little Sug… 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 »

Pat Dortch, As Seen on TV!

CLT Creatives | November 12, 2020

You may not know when … you may not know where … but you’ve seen this man. Trust us. Charlotte actor Pat Dortch, has starred in Fox’s 24: Legacy, CBS’s reboot of MacGyver and his own pilot he wrote and starred in called Limbo (which has won sever… read more »

SHARE Charlotte Teams Up with 10 Charlotte Artists

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | November 12, 2020

Ricky Singh is at it again. Over the past few months, we’ve shared Ricky’s work to use art to create community pride along the Beatties Ford Road corridor, paint a #CountOnMeCLT mural to promote COVID-19 safety and launch the “Rise Up” video series o… read more »

Art Heist on Tryon Street

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | November 12, 2020

Priceless art is missing. (Not in Charlotte, but in Boston. But that’s old news.) You’re needed to help solve the crime. (Not really — unless you happen to know anything about the stolen art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which inclu… read more »

Where Are We in CLT? Santé

Exploring Charlotte, Where Are We in CLT? | November 12, 2020

If you feel like someone’s watching you the next time you head uptown via Providence Road, there’s a good reason. Someone is.  Not “someone,” exactly. More like “something.” This summer, Charlotte artist Matthew Steele installed “Santé,” a large wall… read more »

PHOTO SAFARI: Behind the Scenes at “Lights”

Creative News, Happenings, Photo Safari | November 12, 2020

As we reported a few weeks ago, the “Lights” are back on at the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC). If the inaugural year is a gauge, scores of people will be drawn from across the Charlotte region to see the “Lights.” But, an interactive exhibiti… read more »

Our New Best Friend: @Henna_By_Sana

CLT Creatives, Our New Best Friend | November 12, 2020

Over the course of any given week, we scroll through the work of hundreds of Charlotte creatives on Instagram. But, @henna_by_sana, the account of self-taught Queen City creative, Sana Nisar, always stops us in our tracks. Her designs are intricate a… 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 »

Applications for CARES Funding Directed to Mecklenburg County Creatives & Cultural Organizations Due 11/10

Creative News | November 6, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 5, 2020) – Time is running out for creative individuals and small and mid-sized arts, science and history nonprofit organizations based in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to apply for funding to address business interruption costs rel… read more »

WHO BUILT ME: Dexter Jordan was Composed by a Fellow Artist

CLT Creatives, Music, Videos, Who Built Me | November 5, 2020

Charlotte R & B singer Dexter Jordan is gifting us with his gorgeous voice and layered harmonies on the very week we all need the healing power of music.  His new EP, Dexterity, is out now and it’s got a lineup that will have listeners searching… read more »