2020 is Toast. Let’s Toast to 2021.
Art by Amber Thompson
You did your best.
But, we’re still here.
And, you’ve overstayed your welcome.
We don’t know about you, but 2020 caught us a little flat-footed when it really got going.
We’d just completed the first full year of publishing The Biscuit and had a clear vision of exactly where we wanted to go in the 12 months that lay ahead. And, we were executing that vision … until about March 15 when COVID-19 hung a giant “closed” sign on the world.
The first few days of the pandemic were scary and confusing. We weren’t sure what to do next. But, we soon made a promise to ourselves: We were going to end the year knowing more creatives than when we started. And, we’d share what we learned with you. That made all the difference.
In the end, 2020 wasn’t a “good” year … it was an extraordinary one. [Note that we didn’t say “easy” above.]
We knew going into all of this that Charlotte’s creative community was deep, resilient, collaborative and powerful. This year taught us how much of an understatement that was. At every turn, Queen City creatives rose to the challenge, seeding love and collaboration across our community. We were running to catch up to tell their stories in The Biscuit and on social media. That frenetic pace told us we were on the right path.
Thank you for going on this journey with us for the past 12 months. We’re excited about where we’ll go together in 2021.
We hope you’re able to take a moment today to relax, catch your breath, be with friends and family and enjoy the two items below over a cup of coffee (or a stiff drink) and a quiet moment.
All good things,
Tim Miner, Matt Olin & The Biscuit Team
PODCAST: A Toast to 2021
As we said above, we spent this year strengthening the existing relationships and making new friends. And, we made a lot of new friends. As we get ready for a fresh set of 365 days, we asked them to take one minute and share a lesson they learned in 2020 and their hopes for the creative community in the year ahead.
This podcast features insights from creative stalwarts like Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Winston Robinson and Sonya Pfeiffer and powerful, emerging talents like Amber Thompson and Jalil Pack. Please listen, enjoy and contemplate your creative hopes for 2021.
Our Favorite Stories of 2020
We published more than 500 stories in 12 months and we barely scratched the surface of what creatives did to combat and rise above a year that pushed against them.
We’re proud of our work this year, but some stories always rise to the top, from photographer Deborah Triplett fighting cancer by letting friends paint her bald head to an incredible team of artists painting the Black Lives Matter mural on S. Tryon Street in just nine hours. These are just two of our favorite stories. Read these and more by clicking the button below.
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