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.

Shy Siren Isn’t Shy About Helping CLT Creatives

CLT Creatives, Happenings | April 7, 2020

What’s better than creatives helping creatives? How about creatives helping creatives help creatives? And that’s exactly what Sara Schwittek, one of our favorite creatives in the Queen City, is doing with her brand, Shy Siren Jewelry. Creativity ofte… read more »

Social Media Advice From Charlotte Is Creative’s Social Media Scoundrel

CLT Creatives, How To/Resources | April 3, 2020

Remember in The Wizard of OZ, when the curtain at the Emerald City was pulled back and the Wizard was revealed to be just some regular dude? Well, I’d like to pull back the curtain of Charlotte Is Creative’s social media accounts and reveal myself as… read more »

How Roses & Azalea is Coping with Covid

CLT Creatives, Creative News | April 1, 2020

The post below was posted on Instagram by Jenny Melick, co-founder of Roses & Azalea, a Charlotte company that opened in 2019 producing personal care and beauty products with organic botanicals and natural ingredients. We share it here with Jenny… read more »

Housebound Hits: Armando Bellmas

CLT Creatives | March 31, 2020

Like all of us, Armando Bellmas, vice president of marketing and operation at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, is adjusting to stay-at-home life. The Center is on top of it already, offering a selection of online workshops, but how is he doing… read more »

#CreativityInCapivity: 31 Creative Things You CAN Do During Stay-At-Home

CLT Creatives, Happenings | March 25, 2020

On Tuesday, Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home proclamation that will go in effect starting Thursday, March 26 at 8am and will run through April 16th. (UPDATE: It is now in effect until at least April 29.) By issuing the stay-at-home, officials… read more »

Kris Reid Cares About the Local Food System

CLT Creatives, Editorials | March 20, 2020

“You know what’s more contagious than [coronavirus] … Fear is way more contagious.” – Kris Reid Calling it a crisis would be putting it mildly. Kris Reid is fielding calls and e-mails from chefs, restaurant owners and farmers from across the Charlo… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with Alyssa Pressler

CLT Creatives | March 12, 2020

Alyssa Pressler Owner, That’s Novel Books Director of Marketing, Hygge Special Sections Editor, Business North Carolina Instagram | Web Site   To call Charlottean Alyssa Pressler a “logophile” (lover of words) is a colossal understatement. It ju… read more »

My 3 Biggest Challenges with Lindsey Braciale

CLT Creatives | March 12, 2020

Lindsey Braciale Founder and CEO Social Entrepreneur & Disability Disruptor Advocations By her own admission, Lindsey Braciale is a “serial social entrepreneur.” She founded her company, Advocations, in 2009 to help companies fundamentally change… read more »

The Biscuit Podcast: Winston Robinson (AKA Wilmo)

CLT Creatives, Podcasts | March 12, 2020

It’s hard to find someone who is more fiercely proud of being a native Charlottean than Winston Robinson. Winston is so tied to his community, his nickname is”Wilmo” —  inspired by his native neighborhood of Wilmore. Winston sees the Queen City with… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with Tre’ McGriff

CLT Creatives | March 5, 2020

Charlotte is a town replete with meetings and events. Diverse. Engaging. Plentiful. If you like meeting, you’ll find no shortage of them to attend. But, after a while, you need a barometer. Is this meeting worth my time? Should I be here? Tough to te… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with MyLoan Dinh

CLT Creatives | February 26, 2020

MyLoan Dinh never stops. In the fourth quarter of 2019, she was a resident at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. In January, she unveiled a new mural,  “Collective History.” at Knight Theater in conjunction with Tim Robbins’ production of The New Co… read more »

My 3 Biggest Challenges: Jamey Boiter

CLT Creatives | February 20, 2020

When Jamey Boiter started college, he thought he’d be an architect. That is until he took his first graphic design course. Now, Jamey is a nationally recognized brand strategist and practitioner. (Plus, he has a SUPER COOL office.) As BOLTGROUP’s bra… read more »

Banu Valladares Cares About Spanish-Speaking Children

CLT Creatives | February 19, 2020

In this new series, guest contributor Josh Jacobson will highlight staff leaders in Charlotte’s nonprofit sector who are shaking things up and making an impact. Josh is founder and managing director of Next Stage, a Charlotte company that works with … read more »

Four To Follow: Picks from the Latin American Coalition (La Coalición)

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | February 18, 2020

The Latin American Coalition (La Coalición), is one of the oldest pro-immigrant non-profit organizations in Charlotte. La Coalición builds a community of Latin Americans, immigrants, and allies while promoting full and equal participation of all peop… read more »

You Don’t Say – Audrey Kell Student Raps “Harvard Let Me In”

CLT Creatives, Happenings, Music | February 13, 2020

As reported by WBTV, one Audrey Kell High School senior got creative after being deferred from Harvard University. While Harvard continues looking over his application, Ethan Kim wanted to make sure they knew what they’d be missing out on if he’s not… read more »

My Three Biggest Challenges – Jonell Logan

CLT Creatives | February 13, 2020

Jonell Logan knows a thing or two about getting creative to spark change. As the National Executive Director of The League of Creative Interventionists (LoCI), Jonell has had her hand in many projects across the country that have fostered change and… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with Caroline Calouche

CLT Creatives | February 12, 2020

Caroline Calouche Founder of Caroline Calouche & Co. and CLT Cirque & Dance Center   Native Gastonian Caroline Calouche loves to dance. But, dancing on the ground wasn’t enough. Two BFA degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance wasn’t enough. A… read more »

My Three Biggest Challenges: Tony Santoro

CLT Creatives | February 6, 2020

It can be hard to find your “Why” in life. It can be even harder once you have. Especially when you choose to put others first. Tony Santoro, and his wife, Becky, know a little something about that. Putting others first is woven into their personal a… read more »

Making the McColl Center Accessible to Everyone

CLT Creatives | February 6, 2020

This article is the second in a series by Liz Logan about the Fall 2019 class of artists in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Read the first installment here. When I was a kid, I remember riding in the backseat of our Ford Aerostar… read more »

5 Ridiculous Questions with Laura Palka

CLT Creatives | January 31, 2020

  Laura Palka Anchor/Reporter/Actor Instagram | Web | IMDB If you’re watching The Outsider on HBO, you know there are very few moments of comfort. So, it felt like a reprieve to see a familiar face pop up as a reporter at the beginning of the se… read more »