Editorials

Our writers are always finding new ways to address timely topics for Charlotte – sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious, always relevant. Whether it’s an investigative report on oft-overlooked trend of “business gentrification” happening here, or a piece about the complex business of mural-making, or personal musings from our publishers, read on for innovative insights on Charlotte life.



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 »




EDITORIAL: “Support Local” Means Investing Dollars and Common Sense

Editorials | May 11, 2020

An Editorial from Tim Miner The views expressed below are Tim’s and may not be those of our sponsors. Phase One had begun. My wife and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather … and the newly relaxed rules issued by Governor Cooper …… read more »




“You were an incredible gift.” – A Note to Paige Johnston Thomas

Editorials | May 11, 2020

The editorial below was written by Matt Olin, co-publisher of The Biscuit, to honor Queen City creative and casting director, Paige Johnston Thomas, who directed “Oslo” for Three Bone Theatre this time last year. Paige passed away on April 27, 2020…. read more »




#CreativityInCaptivity – Boingo Bouncing Back

Editorials | April 30, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was originally shared by Charlottean Linda Kirby, executive vice president of Boingo Graphics. Boingo is a sponsor of CreativeMornings/Charlotte and is an active supporter of the Queen City nonprofi… read more »




She Built This City … on Wheels

CLT Creatives, Editorials | April 22, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was originally shared by Charlottean Demi Clark, founder of She Built This City. Demi was part of the SEED20 Class of 2020. We are sharing it here, unedited, with her permission. It’s a “new normal,… read more »




Tina Postel Cares About Food Access

Cares About, Editorials, How To/Resources | April 22, 2020

“Our mission is to provide a week’s worth of nutritious groceries to people facing economic hardships. And ‘economic hardship’ is a massive understatement for what our community is currently experiencing.” – Tina Postel Tina Postel is up early. Reall… read more »