EACH MONTH, WITH THE HELP OF UNC CHARLOTTE & #THESAVAGEWAY
Charlotte Is Creative presents Bolts Of Inspiration — beautiful moss art bolts — to recognize innovative, creative Charlotteans working to help make the Queen City a more vibrant and loving place that urges all of us forward.
Moss art was developed by #TheSavageWay and is composed of moss-grown, preserved, and built into customized shapes on substrates. It can be shaped into logos, moss panels, entire wall pieces, and artistic motifs in a conference room. Read more about moss art here and on Instagram.
Since the program's inception, more than 40 Charlotteans have been recognized with a Bolt of Inspiration. Here are our 2023 “Boltees”
BOLT OF INSPIRATION WINNERS
MARCH 2023: Corey Mitchell, Theatre Gap Initiative
Tony Award winner and twenty-year theatre arts educator at Northwest School of the Arts, Corey Mitchell founded the Theatre Gap Initiative, a nonprofit college-prep program for high school grads aspiring to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) conservatory programs. Using his experience as a theatre educator, Mitchell designed TGI's programming focus on “helping students of color successfully navigate the process of applications, prescreens, and auditions. Theatre Gap Initiative's primary goal is to equip students with the right tools to enter reputable collegiate programs.” MORE ABOUT COREY.
FEBRUARY 2023: Brian Collier, The Gambrell Foundation
After a nearly twenty-year career at the Foundation for the Carolinas, Brian Collier now serves as the inaugural president of the Gambrell Foundation. This organization aligns with his passion for fighting against inequity, focusing on social mobility and social capital sharing, and providing a “good life” for all. The organization is building “bridges to access needed resources that allow individuals to become self-sufficient and help communities thrive. The American dream should be possible for all. These barriers exist in multiple critical areas, each of which represents an area of strategic priority.” MORE ABOUT BRIAN.
JANUARY 2023: Scott Swimmer, Founder of drumSTRONG
After his son was diagnosed and successfully battled cancer, Scott Swimmer founded the drumSTRONG to host events to “raise awareness and funds in support of cancer survivorship, education and research Globally through family-friendly interactive rhythm gatherings.” MORE ABOUT SCOTT.