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.

Tosco Music Is Hosting Their Next Party in Your Living Room

CLT Creatives, Happenings, Music | June 19, 2020

With the success of the first Tosco Music Party – From Our Living Room to Yours raising over $20,000 for area musicians, a second virtual party is hitting the airwaves on Saturday, June 20th at 8pm.   Made possible by a grant from the Charlotte-Meckl… read more »

Striking “Creative Oil” – Taylor Lee Gets Animated

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

Taylor Lee, HUG grant recipient and painter extraordinaire, found that she had a lot of time on her hands once COVID-19 hit. Frustrated that she couldn’t express all of the ideas that were swirling in her head through her usual method of painting, sh… read more »

Capturing the Legacy of Charlotte’s Black Lives Matter Mural

CLT Creatives, Videos | June 17, 2020

“Are you willing to attach yourself to a legacy that’s bigger than you?” Last week was amazing. It was full of love and hope and art. Our friends at Charlotte Star Room were there on 200 S. Tryon Street to capture footage as 17 artists and countless… read more »

BLACK LIVES MATTER Mural – Letter By Letter, Artist By Artist

CLT Creatives | June 11, 2020

  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: BLACK LIVES MATTER. The group was led by Brand the Moth & BLKMRKTCLT in partnership with Charlotte Is Creative… read more »

Ohavia Phillips Shares Her Who Built Me Story

CLT Creatives, Podcasts | June 8, 2020

In an effort to define social capital and show the profound effects it has on our community, we’re introducing a new series of podcasts called Who Built Me. We’ve asked several prominent Charlotteans to talk about the people and ideas that have shape… read more »

CLT Creatives React to the Death of George Floyd – June 7

CLT Creatives, Happenings | June 7, 2020

Creatives imagine into reality the feelings and thoughts many of us are having difficulty expressing. Over the past week, we’ve seen an awe-inspiring amount of moving artwork, powerful photographs, images and thought-provoking words from creatives in… read more »

MacFly Fresh Gives Us Something to SHOUT About

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT! | June 7, 2020

“We are screen printers for the people!”  If you know anything about MacFly Fresh Printing Co., then you know the statement above from Eric Ndelo, the co-founder and creative director of MacFly, is more than true. Located in Camp North End, the Charl… read more »

Thoughts in an Unrest State

CLT Creatives, Editorials | June 7, 2020

This is an editorial from Jalil Pack, a Charlotte-born creative recently featured in The Biscuit. After watching an impassioned Instagram post he made in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we asked Jalil to share his thoughts in writing. Let’s address… read more »

Queen City Creatives React to the Death of George Floyd

CLT Creatives, Happenings | June 3, 2020

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed after being pinned to the ground by three Minneapolis police officers for nearly 9 minutes. In the week since, protests have occurred all across the nation and globe to lament the death of George Floyd, promot… read more »

DEC(OH)DE: Crafting Careful Messaging in Crisis

CLT Creatives, How To/Resources, Videos | June 2, 2020

You want to speak to your community about the state of the world in crisis, but you’re worried about how to do it. Ohavia Phillips has got your back. She wants you to speak out, but with care, planning and intelligence. The death of George Floyd may… read more »

John Howard’s 30 Day Design Challenge

CLT Creatives, Videos | May 30, 2020

John Howard is the man. Okay, well, he is A man. But, when it comes to graphic design, he is THE MAN … specifically, an EnglishMAN who’s made Charlotte his home for 20 years. Senior Art Director at HMH, John is also the president of the Queen City… read more »

Biscuit Blitz: 5 Minutes with Michelle Guobadia

Biscuit Blitz, CLT Creatives, Videos | May 30, 2020

Michelle Guobadia is awesome. If you don’t know it already, you will after just :30 seconds of watching this video. A national speaker on issues of bullying and hazing, Michelle is also the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UNC Charlotte. S… read more »

Make an Old Fashioned with Stefan Huebner

CLT Creatives, Videos | May 30, 2020

Let’s toast creativity in Charlotte! To help us all get ready for Charlotte SHOUT, Master Mixologist from Dot Dot Dot, Stefan Huebner, teaches us how to make a cocktail classic — The Old Fashioned. The drink uses bourbon whiskey, bitters, sugar cube… read more »

Jalil Pack is Finding the QC Creative Beat

CLT Creatives | May 26, 2020

“One of the bad things is that although Charlotte is thriving in the local music scene, it seems as if it’s enclosed to certain people. I know personally, I could do more, when it comes to getting that time and exposure to the music scene. But if the… read more »

HUGS and Bolts: 14 Creative Charlotteans Honored

CLT Creatives | May 26, 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. Th… read more »

SHOUTing from the Rooftops: John Cozayk

CLT Creatives, Videos | May 26, 2020

In anticipation of Charlotte SHOUT! later this year, we’re asking Charlotte musicians to film themselves performing songs within earshot of the neighbors. In this edition of “SHOUTing from the Rooftops,” guitarist John Cozayk serenades us in Spanish… read more »

A Poet for Uncertain Times – Jay Ward

CLT Creatives, Videos | May 26, 2020

Charlotte’s own Jay Ward is a poet and teaching artist who has read and performed in venues across the country. He won the National Poetry Slam in 2018 and the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2019. On this batch of the Biscuit Blitz, he chats with Ma… read more »

Darryl Gaston Drops Knowledge & Hugs It Out

CLT Creatives, Videos | May 23, 2020

Darryl Gaston is a man of many talents — entrepreneur, hairstylist, minister, neighborhood advocate. As the unofficial “Mayor of North End” Darryl lends his support, advice and criticism to new development taking place in neighborhoods that have bee… read more »

Opera Singer Lauren Russell SHOUTS from the Rooftops

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT!, Videos | May 20, 2020

In anticipation of Charlotte SHOUT! later this year, we’re asking Charlotte musicians to film themselves performing songs within earshot of the neighbors. In this edition of “SHOUTing from the Rooftops,” Lauren Russell, performs “I’ll Be Here” from t… read more »

Creative Challenge: Thank You to the Sanitation Workers

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT!, Happenings | May 20, 2020

Charlotte’s Sanitation Workers Keep Us From Being A Mess Trash and recycling collection is a difficult job. And the job has been a lot harder these past few months as we are all at home generating more garbage, more empty Amazon boxes, and more yard… read more »