Bolts of Inspiration

Each month, with the help of OrthoCarolina#TheSavageWay,

Charlotte Is Creative presents Bolts Of Inspiration — beautiful moss art bolts — to recognize innovative, creative Charlotteans who are 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 that was grown, preserved and built into customized shapes on substrates. It can be shaped into logos, moss panels, entire wall pieces, artistic motifs in a conference room, etc. Read more about moss art here and on Instagram.

BOLT OF INSPIRATION WINNERS


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Greg Jackson is the founder of Heal Charlotte, a Charlotte nonprofit organization making a HUGE impact on the community. From their youth programs to partnering with local law enforcement, city officials and civic services, they are helping the core of our city. Greg Jackson inspires others to find new solutions to age-old challenges. In 2020, Heal Charlotte launched a $10 million capital campaign to transform a neglected motel into an affordable housing campus on Reagan Drive. This is powerful work done with so much love.


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Ricky Singh is an artist and head of high school at the Charlotte Lab School who never stops creating and collaborating. In the wake of a mass shooting on Beatties Ford Road in the summer of 2020, Ricky organized the "Beatties Ford Strong" initiative, coordinating artists to beautify and unify the historic West End (with an emphasis on Beatties Ford Road) with art and community events. In early October, Ricky collaborated with the Charlotte Symphony, Lute West, and an array of creatives to produce a video addressing the need for access and representation of people of color.


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Kat Sanchez and Jillian Mueller: Charlotte fiber artists, Kat Sanchez and Jillian Mueller, are frequent parters and prolific makers in the Queen City. Over the past few years, they undertaken a series of "yarn bombing" initiatives, installing woven, kitted or crocheted items of art in public places to be enjoyed by all who stumble upon it. In the summer of 2020, during the height of COVID-19, the two created a special installation for frontline workers and the general public, encouraging them to "Take Care." It is currently installed outside of Rhino Market in NoDa.

Kat Sanchez: INSTAGRAM | WEB
Jillian Mueller: INSTAGRAM | WEB

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Dr. Keith Cradle is the director of Youth and Juvenile Services for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and the host of Crafted With Cradle, a podcast “crafted conversations over cocktails,” where Keith engages with some of Charlotte residents and creatives to discuss issues of the day with spirits and fun. He is a champion of the arts, equity and opportunity in the Charlotte area and a passionate lover of the outdoors.


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BLM Muralists & Supporting Artists: On June 9, 2020, a team of 22 mural artists and countless helpers painted a universal truth on the 200 block of S. Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte: "BLACK LIVES MATTER." The group was led by Brand the Moth & BLKMRKTCLT in partnership with Charlotte Is Creative and the City of Charlotte to respond in bold colors to the cries for equity and social justice sounding from every corner of the globe. It was created by a coalition of creatives that came together quickly to conceive of and execute this project in less than four days from start to finish.


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Eric Ndelo is co-founder of screen printing company MacFly Fresh, located in Camp North End and known for its colorful and interactive pop-up screen printing booths. He is also the founder of DRC ApeParel, socially conscious clothing line that pays homage to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Eric's passion to create and empower others to create and give back is evident in all his endeavors, as well as his efforts to take MacFly to street festivals and community events and in "Live from the Print Shop," a series of virtual concerts filmed in his studio that started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Liz Clasen-Kelly is the Executive Director of Roof Above a new organization that is the result of a merger between the Men’s Shelter and Urban Ministries of Charlotte.

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Garrett Tichy is the owner of Hygge Co-working. Corri Smith is the founder of Black Wednesday.
In the early days of the COVID-19, they built a Web site to support local businesses
affected by the outbreak called Support Local or Else (SLOE).

Garett Tichy: INSTAGRAM | WEB
Corri Smith: INSTAGRAM | WEB

Jeremy Moffett is the owner of Anointed Technical Systems and a volunteer with Hope Vibes. Sam Guzzie is the founder of Brand the Moth. During the COVID-19 outbreak in Charlotte, Jeremy helped design and build solar-powered sinks our of oil drums for the homeless population. Sam painted and beautified them.

Jeremy Moffett: INSTAGRAM | WEB
Sam Guzzie: INSTAGRAM | WEB


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Jennifer Appleby is the president and chief creative office at Wray Ward. In addition to leading one of the most dynamic creative agencies in Charlotte, she is longtime champion of arts, culture and community in the Queen City.

INSTAGRAM | WEB


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Dr. Willie Griffin is a native Charlottean and the staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, where he curates educational programs and exhibits about the history and culture of the Charlotte region.

INSTAGRAM | WEB


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Photographer Will Jenkins (AKA Simplisticphobia) is a freelance artist and co-owner of BLKMRKTCLT.

INSTAGRAM | WEB

Jamie Brown is a Charlotte restauranteur who owns and markets Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, Grolwers Pour House, Haberdish and Reigning Doughnuts.

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Owner of designbar, Monika Nessbach is a creative force in the interior design world. She has 19 years of experience in corporate & design environments.

INSTAGRAM | WEB

Carlos Cruz is an associate professor of physical theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the co-founders and artistic director of the Pelu Theatre Project and producing artistic director of Nouveau Sud.

INSTAGRAM | WEB

Brand the Moth is a nonprofit organization that engages the Charlotte community through public art projects designed for and created with local artists & residents to spark creativity, connection & education while providing support for local artists and fueling our unique art community.

INSTAGRAM | WEB


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Brian Baltosiewich is the founder of the Queen City Podcast Network, the first hyperlocal podcast network in the United States. He also serves as director of the Carolina School of Broadcasting.

INSTAGRAM | WEB

Bentzion Groner is the director of Zabs Place, a thrift boutique employing young adults with special talents. He is also the administrator of Talmud Torah of Charlotte and the director of Friendship Circle International.

INSTAGRAM | WEB


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Jordan Dollard is the owner of Esther and Elsa which curates and coordinates retail-focused events from open-air markets to pop-up shops and execute retail programs for organizations across the Charlotte region, like Front Porch Sundays and the Oakhurst Mess Market.

INSTAGRAM | WEB

A double-lung transplant survivor, William McNeely, Jr. is a native Charlottean and former Apple executive who founded the Do Greater Foundation in his retirement to create programs that expose youth to viable career options and pathways through exploration, guidance and opportunities using the lens of life.

INSTAGRAM | WEB



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