Barry Greene Says Charlotte’s Creatives of Color Need Space to Grow
As the Charlotte community debates the future of arts funding and the future of zoning and development through 2040, local entrepreneur and founder of Shades of Moss and Mint City Connect, Barry Greene, is challenging all of us to act now. The Virginia native moved to Charlotte a few years ago to start a plant design business.
While he has found a willing customer base, Greene has not been able to find stable, affordable retail and work space. He loves the Queen City, but he’s feeling pushed out. He wants to stay here — but, he’s worried he can’t. And, he’s concerned about the future of all the other excited creatives of color moving here and starting creative endeavors.
At CreativeMornings/Charlotte last week, Greene shared his concerns and his desire that Charlotte be known for providing space and conditions where creatives of color can begin and realize their dreams. Watch his talk below.