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7 Deadly Sins of Media Relations

Editorials, How To/Resources | February 2, 2021

Bless me, for I have sinned. Once upon a time, I worked in public relations. It was my job to entice Charlotte media to cover stories and events for clients and organizations I represented. I made mistakes along the way. A lot of them. I learned as m… read more »

New Year. Same Four Walls. – How We Create Connections in 2021

Creative News, Editorials | January 6, 2021

CreativeMornings/Charlotte in March 2020. PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Lamar [NOTE: The image above of CreativeMornings/CLT at Divine Barrel in March of 2020 (the last time the group met in person) fills me with emotions — a longing to HUG everyone I see …. read more »

Our Favorite Biscuit Stories of 2020

Creative News, Editorials | December 31, 2020

Happy New Year. Goodbye, 2020. (You’ve overstayed your welcome.) On January 1, 2020, We’d just completed the first full year of publishing The Biscuit. We had a clear vision of exactly where we wanted to go in the 12 months that lay ahead. And, we we… read more »

PODCAST: Celebrating 5 Years of Creative Troublemaking

Creative News, Editorials, Podcasts | December 10, 2020

This week marks the fifth birthday of the Charlotte chapter of CreativeMornings (CM/CLT). What started as an effort to gather people together once a month to share, laugh, learn and celebrate Charlotte’s creative community has inspired many collabora… read more »

Call us crazy, but we’re thankful for 2020

Editorials | November 25, 2020

Prepare yourselves for a massive understatement … No one will ever want to relive 2020. Really going out on a limb there, right? From a rancorous Presidential election to unspeakable acts of racism and injustice, to a pandemic, economic ruin, global… read more »

Breathe. Create. Help Someone. Do it again.

Editorials | November 5, 2020

You likely woke up Wednesday morning to a sea of uncertainty. However you wanted this week to go, it probably didn’t go that way. You may be wondering what to do today … and tomorrow … and the day after that. We’ve all known that critical divisio… read more »

EDITORIAL: What if Trade & Tryon Was for People, Not Cars?

Editorials | October 1, 2020

This is first of a series of new imaginative editorials by Clayton Sealey of CLT Development. Click to enlarge this image. The melodic “clang-clang” of a passing streetcar harmonizes with the song of a hopeful street performer looking for their big b… read more »

EDITORIAL: The State of Nonprofit Pay

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | September 16, 2020

What should someone who leads a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization earn as a salary? As you contemplate that question, what thoughts are coming to mind? For some, there is some sort of threshold of what seems “appropriate” for a nonprofit leader…. 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 »

Art Auction to Save the Neighborhood Theatre

Editorials, Happenings | September 9, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: The editorial below was written by Tory Johnson, floor manager for Maxx Music/Neighborhood Theatre, at our request. The Neighborhood Theatre. Our name says it all: a neighborhood, a community, a family. Art comes in many forms and musi… read more »

Why Our Grief is Loud When Black Heroes Die

Editorials | September 3, 2020

NOTE: This story was originally posted on Medium.com. The Black Panther image was commissioned for this article from local artist Marcus Kiser. No one’s saying Chadwick Boseman was a (panther) god. He wasn’t the Second Coming of Christ. He wasn’t the… read more »

Correct the Voice in Your Head That Says Your Story is Not Important …

CLT Creatives, Editorials | August 5, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: Laundry Day workshops began in 2018 as a grassroots arts movement in Charlotte at the home of Andrea Downs. On August 3, a workshop was held at the Mint Museum Uptown. In the wake of that event, we asked founder Andrea to share her tho… read more »

EDITORIAL: A Look Back at June

Editorials | July 1, 2020

Welcome to July 2020. On more than one occasion this year, I’ve wondered what day it is. Time is so fuzzy these days, it feels nearly irrelevant. But here we are, moving headlong into July. Has it already been six months? Has it only been six months?… read more »

Pedro Perez Cares About Families Experiencing Homelessness

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | June 26, 2020

“My career is defined by a number of firsts, taking on new challenges and persevering against the odds,” Perez said. “Resiliency is an attribute I share with the families served by Charlotte Family Housing.” – Pedro Perez When you think of an ex-New… read more »

Thoughts in an Unrest State

CLT Creatives, Editorials | June 7, 2020

This is an editorial from Jalil Pack, a Charlotte-born creative recently featured in The Biscuit. After watching an impassioned Instagram post he made in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we asked Jalil to share his thoughts in writing. Let’s address… read more »

#CreativityInCaptivity: Jenga Fails!

Editorials | May 22, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was submitted by a collaborative team from Melissa Dorsch, the beautiful mind that helps us with project management at Charlotte Is Creative. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been highly entertain… 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 »

Life as a Co-Parent During a Pandemic

Editorials, How To/Resources | May 20, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was originally shared by Charlottean Jennifer Olin. She shared with us her story of co-parenting during the COVID-19 outbreak. We share her unedited words here. If there is one thing I will take awa… read more »

Working Together To Serve More

CLT Nonprofits, Editorials | May 16, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity is was submitted by a collaborative team from Apparo, Charlotte Community ToolBank and Restore Global. Working together, we will be able to serve more nonprofits by Caroline Wienecke, Restore Global… 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 »