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

This Biscuit Was Baked by Our Interns … And It’s Amazing!

We love creatives. All creatives. All ages.  We want Charlotte to be the best place in the country for creatives to start, build and sustain

BREAKING! ArtPop Unveils Class of 2023

EXCLUSIVE: ArtPop Street Gallery Reveals Artist Class of 2023 Charlotte nonprofit celebrates 10 years with 20 more creatives Over the last decade, Wendy Hickey, founder

STATE OF CLT STAGES: The Show Goes on at Theatre Charlotte

“We are, first and foremost, a theater for this community. All our talent onstage, backstage, front of house, you name it – they’re all from

You Oughta Know: Jagged Little Pill Brings All the Feels

“The show’s so dark and so deep, but then, at the end is this number that brings everyone together and shows that no matter what

Jake Summerour Dips His Pen into #Inktober

Each October, illustrators across the globe challenge themselves and each other to create an original work of art (with a new word-based theme each day)

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative 2023

Apply for Grant Funding Combined with Paid Business Training in 2023 Charlotte Is Creative believes every creative who earns money from their creative work is

Drop into THE DROP on Nov. 15!

We’ll Drop New Art. You Drop the Knowledge.  The Drop … drops on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Like we said above, connection is critical.

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone. Read This.

BUILDING CONNECTIONS HUG BY HUG Connection can’t be bought. Connection must be built. Connection is not C.O.D. Connection is D.I.Y. We can’t do this without

Meet 11 Dynamic Creative Entrepreneurs

Creatives in Charlotte are not only essential to our quality of life and our reputation, they are vital members of our local economy. As we’ve

Best Practices for Applying for the Beyond Open Fund

Small businesses in Charlotte, including small creative businesses, have one more week to apply for a new source of supportive funds — Beyond Open. The

CENTER STAGE: The “Silent Generation” Speaks Out!

Seven Charlotteans Take Center Stage in a Live-Action Documentary from Playworks Baby Boomers may get all the attention, but members of the “Silent Generation” (people

Find Yourself at Dear Evan Hansen

Tony Award-winning musical returns to Charlotte Oct. 25 – 30 Dear Evan Hansen closed on Broadway just a few weeks ago (Sept. 18), but audiences


The City of Charlotte is conducting a series of community conversations to chart the future of arts and culture in the Queen City. Working with

New Knight Foundation Fund Supports Creative’s Tech Needs

On Oct. 11, the Charlotte office of the Knight Foundation announced the opening of a new fund designed to support local creatives and arts organizations

A Titanic Undertaking from QC Concerts

“The composers’ goal was really to emphasize that these were real people and tell their real stories. It has a lot of emotion and is
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