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CHAMPIONING CHARLOTTE’S CREATIVITY

SINCE 2015

Programs
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

CreativeMornings/CLT

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

Best Jazz Clubs in Charlotte: Where to Find Live Jazz Music

Charlotte’s jazz scene is heating up! From legendary haunts to intimate lounges, our city’s got the perfect spot for smooth grooves and improvisational magic. Get

Eight Local Creatives H.U.G.ged in May

At CreativeMornings/Charlotte on Friday, May 3, Charlotte Is Creative, publishers of The Biscuit,  recognized seven local creatives with $250 H.U.G. (“Helpful Unfettered Gift”) micro-grants. Here’s

UPCOMING: Business Classes for Creatives

  Free Business Training Classes for Creatives Established by Charlotte Is Creative in 2021, the Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) is made possible with funds from

Business Resources for Creatives [UPDATED: 5/24]

  FREE RESOURCES FOR CREATIVES! Established by Charlotte Is Creative in 2021, the Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) is made possible with funds from Wells Fargo

Calling All Creatives: How They Launched Their Dreams in Charlotte (and How You Can, Too)

Ever dream of ditching your day job to transform your passion into a thriving creative business here in the Queen City?  It might seem daunting,

Ready to Launch? 10 Tips for Starting Your Art Biz in the Queen City

Listen up, all you creative masterminds! If you’ve got the artistic chops and that entrepreneurial itch, then Charlotte is calling your name. The Queen City

CREATIVE PROFILE: “Event Wiz” Robert Krumbine

Robert Krumbine CREATIVE PROFILE: ROBERT KRUMBINE, CHARLOTTE’S “EVENT WIZ” Speaking of long-time creative events in Charlotte, it’s time to get to know a little more about

Kings Drive Art Walk Returns First Weekend in May

“FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND COMMUNITY” THE 14TH KINGS DRIVE ART WALK IS MAY 4 AND 5 Since 1964, Festival in the Park has

JazzArts Charlotte Kicks Off a HOT Season 20

JazzArts Charlotte has announced the lineup for its 20th season of its signature series, JAZZ ROOM. And, according to the organization’s president and CEO, Lonnie

When Rosalia Met the CSO Roadshow

Rosalia Torres-Weiner “I want people to feel excited and welcome when they see the work, and my hope is that they will feel like they are

OPEN NOW: Funds, Grants, Gigs & Training – UPDATED 4/25/24

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLT CREATIVES AVAILABLE NOW Spring is springing and just as pollen-filled flowers are popping up across Mecklenburg County, so are opportunities – grants,

Seven Local Creatives H.U.G.ged in April

Seven Local Creatives H.U.G.ged in April At CreativeMornings/Charlotte on Friday, April 12, we recognized seven local creatives with $250 H.U.G. (“Helpful Unfettered Gift”) micro-grants. Here’s

Creative Entrepreneurs Hard at Work in Charlotte SHOUT!

“A State of Becoming” | CREDIT: Morag Myerscough Creative Entrepreneurs Hard at Work in Charlotte SHOUT! We’ve been talking about Charlotte SHOUT!, a 17-day taking

Who’s Who in The HUB?

SHOUT! Chic Workroom What’s happening ON the streets is cool. What’s happening ABOVE the streets is ground-breaking. By now, you know that Charlotte SHOUT! takes

A PARADE OF TONYS HEADED TO CHARLOTTE

The Original Broadway Company of SOME LIKE IT HOT | CREDIT: Matthew Murphy   Blumenthal Arts Announces Season Full of Beloved Shows and Brand New Hits
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