Every month at CreativeMornings/Charlotte, Charlotte is Creative honors innovative Charlotteans who are putting their talents to work for their neighbors with Bolts of Inspiration. The moss art Bolts are sponsored by OrthoCarolina and designed and made by The Savage Way.
At the April gathering of CreativeMornings/Charlotte, we awarded four bolts to creative Charlotteans collaborating to respond to COVID-19 outbreak in swift and innovative ways:
Jeremy Moffett of Hope Vibes
& Sam Guzzie of Brand the Moth
To assist Charlotte’s homeless population with hand-washing and hygiene, Jeremy Moffett and the team at Hope Vibes created no-touch, solar-powered sinks. Before installing them, Sam Guzzie painted them. In these times where handwashing is a priority, it only makes sense to ensure that everyone has access to clean water to keep their hands washed, but art and beauty are almost equally important, lifting spirits.
About her work, Sam said, “Art is a powerful communicator. These sinks are made of love and bring kindness and good health to those who need it. Art shows that love in a different way, it reminds us to stop and think about the world around us. As an artist it is my obligation to share that love, and to keep conversation alive, whatever the canvas. Painting this sink was more than a beautifying project, I painted it to communicate the love it was created with.”
When asked about his thoughts on the project, Jeremy responded with the words of Hope Vibes founder, Adrienne Threatt – “Do what you can with what you have until you can do more.”
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Corri Smith of Black Wednesday
& Garrett Tichy of Hygge
The impact of COVID-19 on local restaurants and small businesses and service-providers was immediate. That’s why friends and colleagues Corri Smith and Garrett Tichy jumped into action immediately creating a new Web site — www.SupportLocalOrElse.com AKA SLOE — to provide small businesses a central online location to post information and special offers to help them find new audiences.
This initiative was developed with one thing in mind — to encourage all of us to support local businesses remotely. Garrett Tichy wants the Queen City to know that “SLOE continues to bring awareness to small businesses in need. With hundreds of businesses listed, we have seen well over 10,000 unique visitors engage the site. There continues to be a huge appetite for supporting local.”
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Dive In Deeper with These “BOLTers”
Listen to Sam Guzzie talk about Brand the Moth on The Biscuit Podcast.
Explore the Support Local or Else Web site.
Check out The Savage Way’s Moss Art … it’ll grow on you.
OrthoCarolina is a sponsor of Charlotte Is Creative and The Biscuit.
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