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.

Creatives Are Businesses and Businesses Need Structure

CLT Creatives, Editorials | April 20, 2021

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second half of an editorial by Caro Diaz, founder and owner of Inkaprint, about “The Business of Creativity.” Read the first half here.] Creatives can make great business people if there is a structure in place. That’s not… read more »

Our New Best Friend: Daria Shishkina

CLT Creatives, Our New Best Friend | April 20, 2021

When Hough High senior Daria Shishkina was 9, she wanted to submit an illustration of a “cute, little hedgehog” she’d drawn into a competition. Her teacher refused. In fact, Shishkina’s teacher accused her of cheating. She said the drawing was too go… read more »

Where Are We in CLT? Dilworth Artisan Station

CLT Creatives, Where Are We in CLT? | April 13, 2021

With so much public art in South End, it’s easy to overlook the work of more than 25 local creatives waiting for you inside Dilworth Artisan Station (DAS) at 118 E Kingston Ave. Much like Camp North End, the building that houses DAS has had a rich li… read more »

Pursue Your Passion; Protect Your Time and Reputation

CLT Creatives, Editorials | April 13, 2021

When I told my family I wanted to be an artist, they said, “You are going to starve. Be a lawyer, a doctor, get a real job and then practice art as a hobby.” I didn’t listen to that advice. I pursued my passion for graphic design. Since 2015, I have… read more »

Equal Time: Spend Five Minutes Sketching with Mike Daikubara

CLT Creatives, Equal Time, Videos | April 6, 2021

What can creatives make in just five minutes? We’ve been asking that question — and sharing amazing examples of what’s possible — since the start of the year. We were inspired by our partners, OrthoCarolina, and their new online platform that makes… read more »

Where Are We in CLT? Rainbow Animal Wall

CLT Creatives, Where Are We in CLT? | April 6, 2021

New construction at Camp North End (CNE) is nothing … well … new. But, what is new is how art is incorporated into it. The work being done along Keswick Avenue across from Free Range Brewing and Goodyear Arts requires a long construction fence that w… read more »

The Sustainable Artist – From My Perspective

CLT Creatives, Editorials | April 6, 2021

The world changed for us all in March 2020. COVID-19, and all that came with it, altered daily life almost overnight. For many, even the roles we play(ed) in the workplace and our communities were given a reevaluation, as our contributions and compen… read more »

Barry Greene Says Charlotte’s Creatives of Color Need Space to Grow

CLT Creatives, CreativeMornings/CLT | April 6, 2021

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 Virgin… read more »

Equal Time: @Sree_Henna Makes 5-Minute Mehndi

CLT Creatives, Equal Time | March 24, 2021

What can you create in five minutes? To help save their patients time, OrthoCarolina has launched an online system to make appointments in five minutes flat, and they asked us to challenge creatives across the Queen City to make something amazing in… read more »

Carla Aaron-Lopez Brings LOCAL/STREET, an Underground Art Exhibition, to the Mainstream

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | March 23, 2021

Carla Aaron-Lopez is an artist, a middle school teacher and a parent. She’s exceedingly busy on a regular day. Yet she chose to organize what she calls “the largest project I’ve taken on in my career” to celebrate what feels like the beginning of the… read more »

Our New Best Friend: OG Weirdo

CLT Creatives | March 23, 2021

There’s a story behind why the artist formerly known as Scott Summers goes by OG Weirdo. It starts out sad, but keep reading. It’s ultimately empowering. A work-related accident in 2011 left him permanently light-sensitive. “Any type of bright lights… read more »

A Creative Key to Brain Health: Making Junk Mail Collages

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits | March 23, 2021

“You should see the participants let their guard down while they play with their food. This from a generation of people who demanded that their children ‘stop playing with their food!’”– Kelly Adams, Life Enrichment Coordinator at The Ivey Tucked awa… read more »

Sharon Dowell on “Transit” & Her Creative Process

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, Where Are We in CLT? | March 23, 2021

Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell is at it again. Over the past 16 years, she’s created her distinctive murals, which often feature a complex design of bright colors and intersecting lines, across the Queen City — from Camp North End to South End to Ea… read more »

PODCAST: Who Built Ricky Singh?

CLT Creatives, Podcasts | March 23, 2021

Ricky Singh is an educator, artist and father of four in Charlotte. He knows what it takes to help build individuals and neighborhoods by engaging their creative spirits. He binds people together through community projects that combine art and activi… read more »

Creatively Seasoned Recipes Infused with Bojangles Seasoning

CLT Creatives | March 18, 2021

What happens when five of Charlotte’s most creative chefs use Bo’ Famous Seasoning to make a brand new recipe? A new twist on a Bojangles’ classic, that’s what! Scroll down to find amazing recipes you can make at home from Chef Sam Hart, Chef Joya Co… read more »

Your Kids Love Roblox. Two Charlotteans Are Partly Responsible.

CLT Creatives | March 16, 2021

When shares of Roblox, the insanely popular video game platform, went public last week and the company surged to a valuation of more than $45 billion, I had to congratulate myself for the role I played in getting them there. After all, over the past… read more »

I’m a Sandwich: El Molino Deli & Bakery

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, Videos | March 16, 2021

Charlotte’s Central Avenue Corridor is a food mecca, unlike any other around the Queen City. All along Central Avenue, strip malls and non-descript buildings house some of the best eats around town. Even if you don’t consider yourself adventurous, we… read more »

Charlotte Art League Is Moving … Across the Street

CLT Creatives, Creative News | March 11, 2021

Jim Dukes is used to things blowing up. Today, Dukes is the executive director of the Charlotte Art League (CAL), but his background is in explosives. As a former defense contractor for the United Nations, he specialized in disarming mines and bombs…. read more »

Equal Time: @CLTChalkArt’s Crowning Achievement

CLT Creatives, Videos | March 2, 2021

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time … but, if you’re devoted to your craft … it’s all you need to create something incredible. To help save their patients time, our partners at OrthoCarolina have launched an online scheduling system that hel… read more »

Two Charlotteans Team Up to Take the (Pound) Cake

CLT Creatives, Our New Best Friend | March 2, 2021

March 4 is a day to celebrate the time-honored dessert, pound cake. Have you ever been to a potluck or picnic that hasn’t included pound cake? Neither have I. It’s incredibly versatile which makes it a favorite in our house. You can add fruit and whi… read more »