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!

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 »

A Lifelong Love Affair with Stages by Matt Olin

Creative News, Editorials | September 9, 2020

When I was eight years old (how old my daughter is now), my parents took my twin brother and me to our first live theater production. It was a revival of Peter Pan on Broadway starring Sandy Duncan and that guy who played Mr. Belvedere on TV. Somehow… read more »

Teen Actor’s Lab Offers Students a Safe Space to Study, Socialize and Share the Stage

Creative News, How To/Resources | September 8, 2020

“I wanted Annabelle to have a way to connect with others her age. I’m so thankful to the Blumenthal for creating this outlet. There’s a limited pool of arts programming during normal times. It’s a huge blessing to have this now.” – Marie Duty Like ma… read more »

Get Out There! Yard Art Day is Back

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | September 3, 2020

This Labor Day will go down in history as the best Yard Art Day ever. Are you new to Charlotte? Perhaps you haven’t heard of Charlotte’s annual Yard Art Day? Stop, please click here, then come back!  Charlotte photographer Deborah Triplett is a creat… read more »

ASC Funds 24 Creative Groups with Cultural Vision Grants

Creative News, Grants and Funding | September 2, 2020

Last week, the Arts and Science Council injected $148,700 in funding to 24 different creatives and creative groups through its Cultural Vision Awards initiative. Half of those are “led by and/or serve communities that the philanthropic community has… read more »

Explore Charlotte’s Neighborhood Street Murals – Part Three

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | August 28, 2020

Well, we made it! This is the third and final installment of our series exploring the 15 new street murals the City of Charlotte Placemaking department commissioned 14 artists and artist groups to create across the city to lift our collective communi… read more »

Explore Charlotte’s Neighborhood Street Murals – Part Two

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | August 13, 2020

Take a walk on the artistic side! This summer, the City of Charlotte Placemaking department also organized 14 artists and artist groups to paint 15 street murals in neighborhoods across the city. Artists selected from the program’s artist pool were a… read more »

Featured on @CLTBlackOwned – Week of July 26 Recap

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | August 4, 2020

Each week the creative team at @CLTBlackOwned — Maddy, Jeff, Ashley and Jeremy — highlights a different Black-owned business in Charlotte and the surrounding area Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, they ask you for business suggestions or highlig… read more »

You’re Invited to the People’s Platform

Creative News, Happenings | July 30, 2020

How do you feel when you see a police officer? That question can vary greatly based on where you grew up, where you live now, your skin color, your age, your political affiliation and your life experience. It’s a question that has had resonance in th… read more »

Celebrating Paperback Book Day With 8 CLT Bookstores

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | July 30, 2020

85 years ago, the humble paperback book as we know it today was invented. (Is it just us or doesn’t it feel like paperback books should be way older than that?) In honor of the day Penguin Books published their first 10 paperback novels in 1935, ever… read more »

Don’t Dis’ the Dog!

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | July 30, 2020

  People say you shouldn’t ask what goes into hot dogs, but that doesn’t work for us. We’re curious. We like to know EXACTLY how the sausage … er … hot dog is made. Here at The Biscuit, we have an insatiable appetite for information about th… read more »

Explore Charlotte’s Neighborhood Street Murals – Part One

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | July 30, 2020

There are many ways to build a city. A city of more than buildings, roads and support systems. And, while planners and architects, developers and construction workers build the incredible infrastructure of our home here, so do creatives and artists…. read more »

Featured on @CLTBlackOwned

CLT Creatives, Creative News | July 28, 2020

A beautiful movement to support Black and Brown-owned businesses is underway in the Queen City. To help consumers across the city navigate Charlotte’s robust community of Black-owned retailers, restauranteurs, service-providers, creatives, consultant… read more »

Creative Resources: Two ASC Support Grants Now Open

Creative News, How To/Resources | July 28, 2020

With so much upheaval these last few months, it’s nice when there is some normalcy that seems to come every once in a while.  Sure, there have been some really innovative and creative ways to keep our local artists, musicians and creatives moving for… read more »

Tune in for the Final Act … Then, Act

Creative News, Happenings | July 25, 2020

ACT:NOW – Act III Saturday, July 25 at 4pm Artists know how to externalize many of the emotions that we are all feeling on the inside. BOOM Charlotte, in partnership with BLKMRKTCLT, Charlotte Is Creative and The Roll Up CLT, asked Charlotte’s creati… read more »

Visions of the Not Normal: Kayden Hunt

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | July 21, 2020

The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our hoto series, “Visions of the Not Normal” — offering views of neighborhoods and communities across the city through the eyes (and lenses) of local photographers during the COVID-19… read more »