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!



Charlotte Artists United for ACT: NOW, Act I

Creative News | July 11, 2020

ACT:NOW – Act I Saturday, July 11 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 creative… read more »




Ode to a Lost Ren Fest

Creative News | July 7, 2020

I’ll see no orcs on cell phones I’ll taste no London Broil I’ll hear no quotes from Game of Thrones I’ll put away my fencing foil The turkey legs are cold The beer kegs have run dry The Queen’s hung up her crown The jester’s starting to cry The Tortu… read more »




ASC’s Studio 345 is Moving to Arts+

Creative News | June 29, 2020

The Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) youth development program, Studio 345 is getting a new home and is moving to Arts+ on July 1st. While not physically moving, Studio 345 will be under Arts+’s administration and will remain in their same location i… read more »




Three Funds Available NOW to Innovative Queen City Creatives

Creative News, How To/Resources | June 29, 2020

This year has not been easy for anyone … and we’re not exactly sure what the future will look like. Disruption is everywhere. But, disruption exposes holes in existing systems and opens up possibilities for enterprising and innovative creatives. To… read more »




Community Groups Working to Transform Beatties Ford Road

Creative News | June 29, 2020

For the past 4-5 years, Ricky Singh, an artist and an educator at Charlotte Lab School, has wanted to paint a mural on Beatties Ford Road. In the wake of last Monday’s tragic events, which claimed the lives of four Charlotteans — Jamaa Cassell, Chri… read more »




Lifting Up Communities Too Long Ignored

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News | June 23, 2020

“…we want to teach financial responsibility – show our participants how the business world works.” – Manuel Campbell Before Aspire Community Capital makes a loan, the nonprofit gives aspiring business owners the know-how and tools to realize their… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Mitchell Kearney

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | June 22, 2020

The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our new photo 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 COV… read more »




CALL FOR ARTISTS: Windows of Hope

Creative News | June 17, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Ernest Moren CALL FOR ARTISTS: Windows of Hope DEADLINE: June 19 at 5PM Visual artists … this one’s for you! Turn SouthEnd into an outside art gallery and earn $1,000. Lowe’s, Charlotte Center City Partners and ArtPop Street Gallery are… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Jim Dedmon

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | June 17, 2020

The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our new photo 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 COV… read more »




CLT Art Auction in Honor of George Floyd

Creative News | June 6, 2020

This story was submitted by Matt from @CLTGraffiti about an art auction he has helped organize to raise funds for Charlotte Uprising and other local organizations participating in the current social justice demonstrations. Hi Charlotte! @CLTGraffiti… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Yanira Fuentes

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | June 3, 2020

The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our new photo 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 COV… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | May 28, 2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Alvin C. Jacobs “Yes there are people playing basketball, and going for walks etc. … but. most folks are in the worst financial positions of their adult lives.” – Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr. The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnere… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Ernest Moren

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | May 25, 2020

PHOTO: Ernest Moren The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our new photo series, “Visions of the Not Normal” — offering views of neighborhoods and communities across the city through the eyes (and lenses) of local photogra… read more »




Manor Theatre Closing. Our Hearts are Broken.

Creative News, Editorials | May 21, 2020

And, the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in Charlotte goes to …⁣ ⁣ Many words have already been shared across Charlotte about the closing of The Manor Theatre. We’ll share two: THANK YOU.⁣ ⁣ The four of us who manage Charlotte Is Creative & The… read more »




Visions of the Not Normal: Kriska Woods

Creative News, Photo Series, Photography | May 18, 2020

The Biscuit and The Charlotte Ledger have partnered up to present our new photo 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 COV… read more »




SHOUTING Match! Krystle Baller & Wanda Petunia Rock Out

Charlotte SHOUT!, Creative News | May 18, 2020

To help keep up Charlotte’s spirits during the COVID-19 and prepare for annual Charlotte SHOUT! events this fall, we’ve asked Queen City creatives to team up for SHOUTing Matches — short, shareable creative mash-ups. What do you get when you cross a… read more »




EDITORIAL: ArtPop Needs Your Help to Keep Poppin’

Creative News, Editorials | May 15, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Wendy Hickey is the founder of ArtPop Street Gallery. In this editorial, she shares her thoughts about the importance of her organization to the artists she serves and to the Charlotte community, as well as the importance of donations… read more »




Igniting Positive Change Through Sustainable Design

CLT Creatives, Creative News | May 15, 2020

So many of us being stuck in-doors for the last few months seems to have helped Mother Earth heal a bit from the effects of human activity and reckless consumption of resources.  Many of us have become more mindful of how we source our food, clothing… read more »




The Queen City stands in for The Big Apple

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | May 15, 2020

“There is so much art in our city, and it’s such a gift to us. So often, we drive right by it. But if you can take the time to slow down and really notice it, you’ll see it’s amazing.” – Brooke Brown Brooke Brown was supposed to be walking around Man… read more »




Creating More Rhythm in the City Through Artwork

Creative News, Videos | May 13, 2020

Charlotte artist Georgie Nakima applies vibrant color, thought and community to all of her work, whether it’s collaborative projects on Charlotte’s East Side or new work at the Link Apartments in South Charlotte. In this short video created by Charlo… read more »