Creative News

Want to stay in-the-know with news about the immense creativity happening throughout Charlotte, and the people behind it all? You’re in the right place. Our team of writers, videographers, photographers, illustrators and podcasters are committed to clogging your arteries with Queen City creative news, rich profiles and a heaping helping of humor. Dig in!

Back to Business: A Silver Lining and A New Playbook

Creative News | April 20, 2021

Andy Goh likes to say that he tore his Achilles tendon the same way Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant tore theirs. The only difference is that he was playing basketball with friends and not in the NBA finals. In a move he’d made thousands of times before,… read more »

Tell Us: What Do You Need from Creative Space?

Creative News | April 13, 2021

Share Your Voice on Charlotte’s Affordable Creative Space Needs As we shared in our video from creative entrepreneur Barry Greene last week, t’s incredibly hard to find affordable retail and workspace in Charlotte for creatives right now outside of s… read more »

WDAV and Fair Play Music Equity Initiative launch new ‘NoteWorthy’ series

Creative News, Music | April 13, 2021

Donny and Marie (Osmond, for those unfamiliar with America’s favorite Mormon brother-and-sister act) introduced America to the concept of “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1978. (If you don’t associate Donny Osmond with “rock’n’ro… read more »

Six Local Creatives Get an April HUG

Creative News, HUG Micro-Grants | April 6, 2021

Every month, Charlotte Is Creative (CIC) awards $250 HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gifts) microgrants to help Charlotte-area creatives move a community-facing project or initiative forward. In April, CIC awarded six $250 microgrant HUGs, which vary from co… read more »

A Prestigious Address

Creative News | April 6, 2021

The work of being an artist is mostly solitary. But there are tangible benefits to having other artists nearby. A community is vital to the creative process. The McColl Center for Art + Innovation has provided that sense of community since opening 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 »

LOCAL/STREET: Mint Museum Partners with More than 40 Local Artists

Creative News, Happenings | March 20, 2021

Mint Museum Partners with More than 40 Local Artists of Color The LOCAL/STREET Pop-Up Installation at Mint Museum Randolph March 26-28 Charlotte’s creative arts scene is experiencing an incredible period of growth. But, the recognition of the Queen C… read more »

Back to Business: Fishing for Information & Fixing Broken Bones

Creative News | March 16, 2021

“As I was falling, I watched the top of the tree getting smaller. And, in that instant I knew I was in deep trouble. I said to myself, ‘I should be hitting the ground any time.’ Then I did.” – Chris Davis Last year, Chris Davis took a fall. A nasty o… 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 »

PODCAST: A New Home for Charlotte Art League

Creative News, Podcasts | March 11, 2021

“The vision is a community arts hub – visual, performing arts, hyper-local. We anticipate that this 4237 community arts hub will be that now and for at least the next 15, 20, 30 years and maybe forever …” – Tony Kuhn, Flywheel Group, LLC    S… read more »

A Big Vision for North of NoDa

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | March 11, 2021

This article was written by Tony Mecia, editor of The Charlotte Ledger, as part of a special report on Flywheel Group’s new development on Raleigh St., north of NoDa. If you spend a few minutes driving around Sugar Creek Road near the light rail stop… read more »

Delilah, a New Series on Oprah’s OWN Network, Was Filmed – And Set In – Charlotte

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | March 2, 2021

In TV and movies, Charlotte has stood in for Washington, D.C. and its Virginia suburbs (Homeland), Chicago (Leatherheads) and even a bleak, post-apocalyptic wasteland (The Hunger Games). But beginning next week, Charlotte will – finally – not be cast… read more »

Onboarding Podcast – Nao Tsurumaki Takes the Stage with Children’s Theatre

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Podcasts | February 25, 2021

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (CTC) has long been revered by Charlotteans, but especially head Biscuit-baker Matt Olin. Having spent many of his formative years working with CTC, Olin credits the organization for making a profound impact on him and… read more »

Giant Postcards Proclaim Love for the Queen City 

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | February 16, 2021

February is all about love. And, to celebrate their affection for Charlotte, six local artists painted giant, love-themed postcards along the light rail line at 7th Street Station. Most works are 8-feet wide on display outside 7th Street Public Marke… read more »

JazzArts Charlotte Charts the Beat of the Future with Songs of the Past

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | February 12, 2021

“Whisper, listen, whisper, listen. Whispers say we’re free Rumors flyin’, must be lyin’. Can it really be? Can’t conceive it, don’t believe it. But that’s what they say Slave no longer, slave no longer, this is Freedom Day.” – Lyrics from Freedom Day… read more »

How Retailer blis is Weathering the Pandemic

Creative News | February 9, 2021

We’re used to hearing about restaurants and retailers that started online or at pop-up locations and then made the leap to brick and mortar. blis did that in reverse. Like most retailers, blis started small. “We used to call the original store ‘littl… read more »

We’re Huggers (and Our Hugs Just Got Bigger)

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News, HUG Micro-Grants | January 26, 2021

“Many creative people are finding that creativity doesn’t grow in abundance; it grows from scarcity. The more Lego bricks you have doesn’t mean you’re going to be more creative; you can be very creative with very few Lego bricks.” – Jorgen Vig Knudst… read more »

Camp North End Announces Winners of Emerging Black Architects Design Competition

Creative News | January 26, 2021

“Charlotte has a public plaza problem,” said Hasheem Halim, GM of creative workshop Saturn Atelier in Charlotte’s Derita neighborhood. “And Camp North End solves it, to an extent, with that main drag where dupp&swat and BLKMRKTCLT are. It’s great… read more »

‘How to Adapt to Your New Reality’

CLT Creatives, Creative News | January 21, 2021

“Here I am – 50 years old and starting a restaurant, and then COVID happened. It’s kind of crazy.” – Christa Csoka of The Artisan’s Palate COVID-19 and the attendant economic fallout have pummeled restaurants, galleries and artists.  So, a hybrid res… read more »

Theatre Charlotte

Update on Theatre Charlotte’s Post-Fire Recovery

Creative News | January 20, 2021

An electrical fire tore through Theatre Charlotte on December 28, damaging the stage, seating, light and sound equipment and roof. The Theatre Charlotte stage has been a staple of the performing arts in the Queen City since 1941. Days seem to move od… read more »