CLT Creatives

This is the most exciting time ever to be creative in the Charlotte region. Our city’s creative energy is surging and we’re growing as a creative destination. A report we worked on back in 2017 revealed that there are more than 58,000 creative jobs spanning 72 for-profit and not-for-profit industries throughout our 16-county region. That’s some impressive creative output (with a big impact on our region’s economy), and The Biscuit’s mission is to tell their stories and shine a bright light on their work.



Celebrating Charlotte’s Latinx Creatives

CLT Creatives | September 18, 2020

Sept. 15, through Oct. 15, we’re celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing glimpses of Charlotte’s incredible Latinx creatives on our Instagram feed. To help us determine who to feature, we asked our followers to give us suggestions …… read more »




Who Built Me: Henry Rock of City Startup Labs

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits, Podcasts | September 18, 2020

Henry Rock, founder of City Startup Labs, works to help aspiring young entrepreneurs, so it makes sense that he knows a thing or two about the value of a mentor in building social capital. It’s no surprise then, that he himself had several influentia… read more »




Biscuit Blitz: A Quick Chat with Sydney Duarte

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | September 17, 2020

Since her first day on Planet Earth, Sydney Duarte (AKA The Traveling Gypsy) has been a bright bolt of creative energy and positivity. And in the 18 years she’s been in Charlotte since moving here from Kentucky, she has shared her energy and smile wi… read more »




CLT’s Toughest Crew Is Bringing Art to a Pop-Up Near You

CLT Creatives, Happenings | September 16, 2020

Earlier this week, we got a sneak peek of the TAC POP-Up Gallery that’s opening this Sunday, September 20 at 3225 North Davidson Street (formerly Sunshine Daydreams). And … holy crap.⁣ This pop-up shop will sell works from the Tough A$$ Crew, an ex… read more »




Fighting for Equity with a Jig Saw

CLT Creatives | September 3, 2020

The events of the last year have given all of us a lot to process. Many of us are looking for creative outlets to share our feelings and show support to our community. Charlotte creative, Irene Nguyen — AKA Lil Bit Design  — defines herself as an “… read more »




SHOUTING! Match – Jillian Mueller and Kat Sanchez

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT! | August 28, 2020

To help keep up Charlotte’s spirits during the COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Charlotte SHOUT! and Charlotte Center City Partners to encourage Queen City creatives to team up for SHOUTing Matches — short, shareable creative mash-ups. Charlotte SHOUT!… read more »




The Meaning Inside Matt Hooker’s New Mural

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | August 20, 2020

There’s a lot of meaning packed inside artist Matt Hooker’s newest mural in Charlotte. At the corner of Hawthorne and Kennon Streets, the mural was commissioned by Catherine Devericks, owner of The Culture Shop, a business that opened in the throes o… read more »




HUGS and Bolts: 7 Creative Charlotteans Honored

CLT Creatives, HUG Micro-Grants | August 20, 2020

Each month, with the help of OrthoCarolina and The Savage Way, we present a #BoltOfInspiration — beautiful moss art bolts — to Charlotteans who are working to help make the Queen City a more vibrant and loving place that urges all of us forward. In… read more »




Glenda Bernhardt Cares About the Long-Term Success of Children

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | August 20, 2020

“There is a Charlotte that you do not know exists … but, I have also experienced things that would make your heart swell like you wouldn’t believe.” – Glenda Bernhardt, Freedom School Partners This summer was not exactly what Glenda Bernhardt had i… read more »




30 Days. 30 Sketches. One Corrie Liotta.

CLT Creatives | August 19, 2020

Sometimes it can be difficult to get the creative juices flowing, especially when we are entering month 5 of staying at home and we’re all feeling a little drained. But, if you ask any artist/musician/creative what the key to success is, they’ll prob… read more »




Biscuit Blitz: A Fast Chat with Jewel Pearson

CLT Creatives, Videos | August 16, 2020

When Charlotte creative Jewel Pearson embarked on her journey to build a tiny house, she never envisioned the big adventure it would become. In an effort to simplify her own life, Jewel has become a prominent voice in a brand new movement, appearing… read more »




VIEWFINDER: Matt Henesy’s Photographic Wanderlust

CLT Creatives, Photography | August 13, 2020

There are no shortage of incredible photographers in Charlotte sharing their adventures and their work on social media. But, time after time, we are drawn to the wanderings of Matt Henesy – AKA @MattSHDR. Day after day, he presents the Queen City (an… read more »




Breaking Down The Science: An In-Depth Look of YUNG Citizen’s New EP

CLT Creatives, Music | August 13, 2020

The Charlotte music scene is an interesting one — rap, R&B, gospel, spoken word and a plethora of others blend together to give those visiting and the ones who call this city home a feeling of finally gaining the respect for our artists. With th… read more »




“Who Built Me” with CLT Urban Designer Rachel Stark

CLT Creatives, Podcasts | August 13, 2020

The great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said, “The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue, yet exercises it, tranquilizes it yet enlivens it, and thus, through the influence of mind over body, gives the effect of refreshing… read more »




Creative Fellows Needed for Community Initiatives in Lakewood

CLT Creatives, How To/Resources | August 5, 2020

If you have a passion to help communities prosper, are looking to make a positive social and civic change, and can commit 5 hours a week, the League of Creative Interventionists (LoCI) wants to hear from you. LoCI is accepting applications for its Fe… read more »




Correct the Voice in Your Head That Says Your Story is Not Important …

CLT Creatives, Editorials | August 5, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: Laundry Day workshops began in 2018 as a grassroots arts movement in Charlotte at the home of Andrea Downs. On August 3, a workshop was held at the Mint Museum Uptown. In the wake of that event, we asked founder Andrea to share her tho… read more »




Biscuit Blitz: A Quick Convo with Dr. Keith Cradle

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | August 5, 2020

Charlotte, the doctor will see you now. Dr. Keith Cradle, that is. With nearly three decades of Charlotte now in his blood, this JCSU/UNCC/Pfeiffer/Walden alum is impacting our city in many ways — from his work as the Director of Youth and Juvenile… read more »




Featured on @CLTBlackOwned

CLT Creatives, Creative News | July 28, 2020

A beautiful movement to support Black and Brown-owned businesses is underway in the Queen City. To help consumers across the city navigate Charlotte’s robust community of Black-owned retailers, restauranteurs, service-providers, creatives, consultant… read more »




Sophie Miller’s Voice is Brave and Beautiful

CLT Creatives, Videos | July 28, 2020

The world is full of reasons to be upset these days, but the creative spirit shines through adversity. It reaches out and lifts us all. It finds its way into the streets and lifts up our community. That is certainly the case with Sophie Miller, a you… read more »




Natalie Williams: Part Motivational Speaker / Part Fairy Godmother

CLT Creatives | July 28, 2020

“By the time we ask for help, we’re often in a desperate state. I tell clients: It’s OK not to know everything. But tell someone! Ask for help – and sooner rather than later. I preach this a lot: Be OK with not being OK.” – Natalie Williams Natalie W… read more »