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

UPCOMING: FREE 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

OPEN NOW: Funds, Grants, Gigs & Training – UPDATED 12/5

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLT CREATIVES AVAILABLE NOW Read up, creative friends. Below are ways to earn money, renew yourself, share your work and learn new skills.

QC Life – November & October 2023

NOVEMBER 2023 Nov. 21, 2023 – Need a Little Christmas Matt Olin and Laura Little visit QC Life to discuss the holiday musical, Need a

PODCAST: Interview with DJ Fannie Mae

Charlotte’s own DJ Fannie Mae, one of the founders of the Sainted Trap Choir, spoke at CreativeMornings/Charlotte on Nov. 3. Immediately after the event, she

A grand time at the theater   

Three Bone Theatre opens its new season with a blockbuster, The Lehman Trilogy  NOTE: The Biscuit doesn’t typically run reviews. Page Leggett wrote this as

The Lotus Project Takes it Day By Day

For its inaugural production, new theater group presents a diverse and inclusive Godspell (Dec. 1 – 3) If you’ve seen the musical Godspell, chances are

An Invitation to Bobbie’s Birthday Party

Tyler Hardwick as PJ and Britney Coleman as Bobbie in the North American Tour of COMPANY CREDIT: Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade Tony Award-winning revival of

LOCAL/STREET 2023: The Final Chapter

LOCAL/STREET 2023 — It’s R.I.P. in Year Three 60+ Charlotte-Based Street Artists Featured in the Exhibition’s Final Year Nov. 12 to 19, 2023 | Mint

ONEBAND – Charlotteans Making Music Together for One Day

“One setlist … one rehearsal … one performance. OneBand – and all are welcome.” Charlotte Is Creative’s new “flash band” experience, OneBand, has been creating

Behind the Laughs Lies Incredible Skill

Katerina McCrimmon as Fanny Brice in the National Tour of “Funny Girl” CREDIT: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.jpg Revival of Funny Girl Taps into Belk Theater

2024 Spring Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative

  “I’m learning so much and renewing my mindset… I’m transforming into a Creative Business Owner rather than a creative with a business.” – Claude

Beautiful music. Lofty aspirations. Confluence Carolinas is Back.

Pianodrome in the Grace historic A.M.E. Zion Church in Uptown is one of the many stages activated during Confluence COURTESY: Music Everywhere CLT Confluence Music

Charlotte Reciprocity Circles: Social Capital Exchange

  Charlotte Reciprocity Circles Next Meet-Up: Saturday, December 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Innovation Barn   Charlotte Reciprocity Circles (CRC) is a

The Mint Goes to Pot … Again … on Sept. 23

One of North Carolina’s largest pottery shows returns to the Mint Museum Randolph lawn on Saturday, September 23. Charlotte artist Grace Stott is one of

STATE OF STAGES: The Accidental Producer

On his way to becoming a playwright, Rory Sheriff somehow became a producer, too. Matthews Playhouse handles producing duties for his latest work, Speakeasy (Sept. 22-24) Rory
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