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

When 50 Poets Walked Into a Bojangles 

Picture this: It’s a cold January day. You’ve had a hard day at the job. Finally, your lunch break hits. You know exactly what you


ONE: City of Charlotte Unveils The Opportunity Fund Last week, the City of Charlotte, working through the Arts & Culture Advisory Board, opened applications for the


The City of Charlotte, working through the Arts & Culture Advisory Board led by arts officer Priya Sircar, is developing a long-term cultural arts plan. The aim


Earlier this summer, we invited a group of creatives in Charlotte to gather at Summit Coffee NoDa to collaborate, brainstorm and network. This was part

13 Local Artists Highlighted at the Charlotte International Arts Festival

Over the course of 17 days, the Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF) will feature over 200 events. Festival installations and activations will be housed across

FRESH2DEATH: STREETWHERE to Celebrate Black & Brown Designers

After a successful installation at the Mint Museum earlier this year, DUPP&SWAT co-founders Davita and Dion Galloway started planning a spin-off. This time, they focused

STAR POWER: Blackstar Symphony

BLACKSTAR SYMPHONY Artistic Director Donny McCaslin, along with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, David Bowie collaborators and John Cameron Mitchell bring Bowie’s final album, BLACKSTAR, to

APPLICATIONS OPEN! HUG Grant for Studios at McColl Center

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

Three Bone Theatre’s Toni Stone knocks it out of the park

History had almost forgotten the first woman to play professional baseball. I mean, have you ever heard of Marcenia “Toni” Stone? I hadn’t. But then,

Makayla Binter Joining Charlotte Is Creative

Charlotte artist Makayla Binter is joining the Charlotte Is Creative team as our first communications manager. ⁣ ⁣ It’s been a big month for Binter.

20+ CLT and National Creatives Express Outrage Through Art 

“Not In Repose” – inspired by the recent actions of SCOTUS – opens at Goodyear Arts on 8/26   Charlotte-based multi-disciplinary artist, Meredith Connelly, was

Explore the Results of our Creative Business Survey

“What conditions do creatives need to be successful in Charlotte?” Everything Charlotte Is Creative (publisher of The Biscuit) has done over the past seven years

Apply for the 2022 Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative

  “This experience has been life changing. Not only have I seen immense growth in myself as a business owner, I have grown a lot

An American Hero

Richard Thomas talks about portraying the iconic Atticus Finch Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird has been called “the most successful

Artist’s native Puerto Rico figures prominently in his work

McColl Center artist-in-residence seeks to make people ‘see things in a new way’ Javier Collado, the most recent creative working in McColl Center’s artist studios,
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