SINCE 2015

Charlotte Is Creative develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity.
Hug Micro-Grant

HUG Micro-Grants

HUGs (Helpful Unfettered Gifts) are $250 strings-free micro-grants – aka “Love Bombs of Cash” – awarded monthly to non-profit and for-profit creative initiatives in Charlotte to help propel the project forward or remove a small obstacle to its overall success. As of January 2020, we've awarded more than $40,000 in HUGsto 160+ local projects.
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Quenn City Quiz Show

Queen City Quiz Show

Our live game show about Charlotte’s past and present is designed to spur community discourse, convey information, and empower citizens to shape our city’s future. QCQS has become known as an engaging component of public forums and gatherings and is available to hire for companies, outings, and events.
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Exploring Charlotte

Employee Engagement

We help companies and organizations adjust to today's remote workplace culture with Employee Engagement Programs that inspire teams, strengthen leaders and encourage innovation. Through our customized programs, employees become more passionate and committed to their employer, their colleagues, and their city. And that’s how companies retain talent.
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Creative Mornings


Join with hundreds of Charlotteans the first Friday of the month at this free monthly breakfast series celebrating the creative spirit of the city with local speakers, live music, and more. The diverse audience is united by the belief that “Everyone is Creative” and "Everyone is Welcome," shared by over 200 CreativeMornings chapters around the world.
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Charlotte is Creative

Charlotte Is Creative develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity – into a city that draws people in, excites them, and inspires them to invest their financial, social and creative capital.

We connect and celebrate Charlotte's creative citizens through live events like Creative Mornings/Charlotte and Queen City Quiz Show. We empower and support them through our HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) micro-grant program and related trainings. We inform and entertain our city through our official media channel, The Biscuit.

And we're innovating even more platforms and programming to provide further resources for Queen City creatives to be successful. Everything we do is in service of fortifying creativity in Charlotte, championing the diverse people making it happen, and strengthening the mutually-enriching relationship between Charlotte’s creative and business communities.

Mat Olin & Tim Miner, Co-Founders of Charlotte is Creative

Matt Olin & Tim Miner, Co-Founders of Charlotte is Creative

Available Resources for Creatives – June 2023

Queen City Creatives – In a special batch of The Biscuit last week, we shared 12 business tips for your creative business that we have

12 Business Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs

Oh, Ted Lasso, We Miss You Own Goals. You don’t have to be Ted Lasso to know that losing a soccer match because of an “own

1776 Offers Modern Take on Timeless Story

1776 offers a history lesson, updated costumes … and a cast that would shock the Founding Fathers   Most Americans have heard the story of

APPLY NOW! Summer 2023 McColl Center Studio

Charlotte Is Creative is proud to be in partnership with the McColl Center to make a HUG Micro-Grant available for four months’ use (July-October) of a

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2023 Fall Cohort of Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative

  “I came in here with very little prior structured education on most of the concepts, but was given so many tools that I wouldn’t

Meet 16 Creatives You Can Hire Now! We did.

MEET 16 CHARLOTTE ARTISTS YOU CAN WORK WITH RIGHT NOW! WE DID! “Hey! Can you recommend someone creative who can help me with [FILL-IN-THE-BLANK]?” At


Creatives need dedicated space to create. Creatives need community to create. Creatives need resources to create. All three statements above are true. Our experience and


On Q’s Miles & Coltrane – which has played internationally – returns to the QC April 13 – 16   Gather ‘round for the true tale

A Fairy Tale for Music Lovers

“[I]t’s a beautiful, funny, gorgeous, heartbreaking and meaningful piece that people really love.” – John Bell, music director of Into the Woods  Q&A with John

Current, past and future hits headed our way

Blumenthal’s 2023-24 season offers the best of yesterday, today and tomorrow There’s something old, something new and something yet-to-be in the Blumenthal’s recently announced (and

Lots for Music Lovers to SHOUT! About

From March 31 – April 16, live music is easy to find … and it’s all free Can you hear that? It’s the sweet, sweet

Landscapes Across our Landscape

Local artists create murals in response to works in Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds All over Charlotte, colorful murals (and one done in gray scale)

STATE OF STAGES: Charlotte Theater Lacks an Ecosystem — Not Talent

Local theater leaders speak out on obstacles to their success EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a very special and long-baking batch of The Biscuit. When Actor’s

The Biscuit – March 13 Batch

LOOK AT THESE WOMEN ARTISTS … AND THEIR CREATIVE PROCESS! Charlotte SHOUT!, a 17-day arts festival taking over uptown Charlotte from March 31 to April

The Biscuit – March 10 Batch

Already a community hub, CPCC’s Parr Center features a theater, gallery space and a knock-your-socks-off mural In a building with a lot of bells and
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