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!

Calling emerging, Black architects (or architecture students)!

Creative News | November 19, 2020

“From the beginning of Camp North End, we’ve been trying to … make it successful inside its boundaries, but also ensure it has a positive impact on the community.  And the Black Lives Matter movement this summer challenged us to up our game, to think… read more »

How to Help Flood-Damaged Creatives at LaCa Projects

Creative News | November 19, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Spiracle Media If you had not visited or heard of LaCa Projects in the FreeMoreWest area just off Morehead Street before last week, you likely have now. And, for the worst of reasons. Last Thursday, like many businesses along Little Sug… read more »

PHOTO SAFARI: Behind the Scenes at “Lights”

Creative News, Happenings, Photo Safari | November 12, 2020

As we reported a few weeks ago, the “Lights” are back on at the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC). If the inaugural year is a gauge, scores of people will be drawn from across the Charlotte region to see the “Lights.” But, an interactive exhibiti… read more »

Applications for CARES Funding Directed to Mecklenburg County Creatives & Cultural Organizations Due 11/10

Creative News | November 6, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 5, 2020) – Time is running out for creative individuals and small and mid-sized arts, science and history nonprofit organizations based in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to apply for funding to address business interruption costs rel… read more »

The “Dirty” Laundry Moves from the Back Porch to the Mint Museum

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, HUG Micro-Grants | October 29, 2020

Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry is an ongoing community art movement that responds to the silencing of women by creating space to share experiences through visual storytelling. This collaborative movement addresses the need and right to speak and be h… read more »

“Buy Black; Sell to Anyone” & Other Lessons from The Necessities Company

Creative News | October 28, 2020

For years before starting her company in 2019, Aurora Nkrumah Dixon made it a point to support Black businesses – with her wallet. Now, through The Necessities Company, she invites others to do the same.  But she still gets questions about why there’… read more »

The writing’s on the wall 

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | October 22, 2020

“We Are Hip Hop” is more than a mural. It’s an ongoing celebration of local hip-hop culture – a unique culture that helps elevate Charlotte. (“We don’t want to be a baby Atlanta,” Dammit Wesley said.)  Every letter tells a story.  The new Camp North… read more »

A Photo Tour of NoDa’s New Trash Cans

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | October 22, 2020

Unlike any other area in Charlotte, NoDa is a place where the hands of artists are immediately visible. Murals may be the big ticket, but every inch of NoDa is covered in some form or creative expression, from stickers on power boxes and street signs… read more »

Thomas Spratt & King Haigler on the Trail of History

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Where Are We in CLT? | October 22, 2020

#WhereAreWeInCLT? On the section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway across from the Grady Cole Center and the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Building on CPCC’s campus, you’ll find these two bronze figures standing together, looking out into the di… read more »

Come for the Murals, Stay for the Moonshine (Fruitcake) at Manolo’s

Creative News | October 22, 2020

Manolo’s Bakery at 4405 Central Avenue has become a well-known destination for incredible treats and community activism. Now, when you think of them, owner Manolo Betancur wants you to think of moonshine … moonshine fruit cake, to be specific.  Manol… read more »

More Murals! Two New Window Murals Address COVID Safety

Creative News | October 15, 2020

This Saturday, artist Girish Nair is fighting the spread of COVID-19 with paint and brushes. He will create a new window mural on the front window of Tabla Indian Restaurant to educate the public on the need to stay vigilant against the virus.  WHAT:… read more »

Hugs and Bolts – 11 HUGS Given in October

Creative News, HUG Micro-Grants | October 15, 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 O… read more »

3 Ways to Spend a Nerdy Night In

Creative News, Happenings | October 15, 2020

Last November, we featured an interview with Joe Hunsaker, event manager for Blumenthal Performing Arts, about the roll-out of the new “Nerdy Night Out” series. Well, the world has witnessed extraordinary change since then, but one thing remains true… read more »

USNWC Turns the “Lights” Back On

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | October 14, 2020

US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is switching the Lights back on. Lights, the ground-breaking immersive light installation that transformed the USNWC walking trails in 2019, will be open after dark (weather permitting) from mid-November to mid-F… read more »

Who Will Be Crowned CLT DJ Royalty in 2020?

Creative News, Happenings, Uncategorized | October 2, 2020

UPDATED: Tickets to the 2020 DJ Battle sold out by 3PM Friday, Oct. 2. The CLT DJ Battle cannot be stopped. Last year, it was rained out at Charlotte SHOUT! But, it punched back for a show at Dupp & Swat where Arial Dominquez AKA DOMii claimed th… read more »

The Story of Restoring Park Road Shopping Center’s Crown

Creative News | September 25, 2020

“She’s back… and she’s GLORIOUS!” Yep. I posted that effusive statement on our Instagram feedback in May when a restored Park Road Shopping Center sign once again crowned Michael’s and welcomed guests back to one of Charlotte’s oldest surviving shopp… read more »

What Do You Wish to Say with No Redactions?

Creative News, Happenings | September 24, 2020

Since 2004, Sheryl Oring has traveled the country with her trusted typewriter. When she sets up her portable office, she takes dictation from those she meets. A very specific form of dictation … she asks people to dictate a postcard they’d like to… read more »

New Fund Established to Invest in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Creatives

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News, How To/Resources | September 17, 2020

Charlotte is Creative, Hue House, Arts & Science Council (ASC) and Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) are pleased to announce the Charlotte-Mecklenburg CARES for Arts, Culture & Creativity Fund with a mission to directly invest in and impact… read more »

The McCrorey YMCA Teens Use Art to “Know Justice”

Creative News | September 16, 2020

This summer, 14 teens teamed up with Charlotte artist Georgie Nakima to paint a “Know Justice” mural on the side of the McCrorey YMCA on Beatties Ford Road. Nakima also designed and painted the branch’s basketball court with NBA 2K Foundations progra… read more »

The State of Our Stages

Creative News | September 9, 2020

Stages need people. Audience banks need people. Backstages need people. Sound and light booths need people. Box offices need people. Without people. it’s just not the same. As COVID rages on, our stages – and the seats that face them – remain empty…. read more »