SEED20 Picks 20 for 2020 and CreativeMornings/CLT Turns Nifty Fifty
Jay Everette of Wells Fargo and Zach Bolster of ChemoCars congratulating Becky Santoro of Foster Village, winner of the 2019 Grand Prize. PHOTO CREDIT: SEED20
SEED20 Announces Class of 2020
It’s time to bring the sunlight to 20 more creative, philanthropic seeds sprouting in the Queen City. Each year, the SEED20 program, created by Social Venture Partners (SVP), selects 20 local nonprofits doing innovative work in Charlotte to undergo two months of intense training with experts and coaches. Their work all leads up to an evening where ten members of the class chosen as finalists will tell their stories and compete for a grand prize of $20,000 in front of a live audience.
This morning, SEED20 announced the 20-member class of 2020 who will prepare to present their story at SEED20 On Stage at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on March 31, 2020.
READ OUR FULL STORY ON THE CLASS OF 2020.
Jen Band, founder of Playing for Others, high-fives the audience at the first gathering of CreativeMornings/Charlotte on 11/6/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Magen Portonova
The morning of Dec. 6, at Blackhawk Hardware in Park Road Shopping Center, CreativeMornings/Charlotte will welcome guests to its 50th consecutive meeting. Founded by Tina Roth Eisenburg in 2008 out of a desire to gather creatives together in New York, CreativeMornings has grown into a global community consisting of more than 200 chapters around the world. On today’s batch of The Biscuit CLT Podcast, producer Andy Goh talks to Charlotte organizers Matt Olin and Tim Miner about landing the Charlotte chapter, the first 50 events, the people they’ve met and their hopes for the next 50 events.
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When you look up “badass” in the dictionary, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a picture of Charlotte artist, HNin Nie. And, if you don’t find her photo there, we’re even more sure HNin will design a new dictionary, paint new art for it, develop an amazing, interactive event to unveil it and then cut a video of how awesome the event was. It’s been a busy year for HNin. Among other projects, she’s experimenting with sculpture at Goodyear Arts, helping to found the Southern Ladies Arm Wrestling League (SLAW) and participating in Wheelin’ Art Dealin’, a mobile gallery of Charlotte art which is headed to Art Basel Miami Beach this weekend. So, yeah … she’s everywhere.
We’re kind of amazed we got her to slow down for our 5 Ridiculous Questions …
So far in 2019, you’ve made Putt-Putt and arm wrestling cool. When is potato sack racing finally going to get its due in Charlotte?
Whenever Rebecca Henderson calls me, I’ve already got one foot in.
If you had a magic pass to allow you to film one unattainable place in Charlotte, where would you go?
If you just ask, the answer is fortunately always “yes!” I would love a magic pass to film a kick-butt short in Kate’s Skating Rink with kick-butt women.
So, how is Negative Nancy (a pervasive character in your art) feeling about Baby Yoda right now?
Protect Baby Yoda at all costs.
If you had to listen to one song on a continuous loop for 48 hours, what would it be?
I have and now I cannot listen to Mariah Carey.
What’s your favorite IG photo someone has taken in the “Feels” booth at Portal?
[HMMMMMM … we wonder who designed the “Feels” booth. Here’s a hint.]
ALL OF THEM! Whoever designed it definitely made sure the lighting hits perfectly.
Skiptown is opening … and our tails are wagging.
We’ve been fans of Charlotte entrepreneur, Meggie Williams, since she launched the dogwalker app that would become Skipper in 2016. Yesterday, Skipper announced they’re planning to open Skiptown, a concept for dog care and human/pet social interaction in South End next spring. The 24,000-square-foot facility will offer two- and four-legged guests indoor and outdoor dog parks (splash pad included, no less), kenneling facilities and a bar for thirsty humans. All of it will be enabled by the Skipper App.
There’s no word yet whether Clifford the Big Red Dog will attend the grand opening (or be allowed in the facility), but you can learn more on Skiptown’s website.
Tastiest. Fundraiser. Ever.
#GivingTuesdayCLT may be over, but the philanthropic party rages on. Through Sunday, every time a guest orders a Margherita pizza at a Brixx Pizza in Charlotte, the company (which was born right here in Crown Town) will donate $4 to be split between Community Culinary School of Charlotte and Charlotte Is Creative, the parent company of The Biscuit. Charlotte Is Creative will distribute 100% of the funds raised to the HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Program which gives $250 micro-grants to local creatives. Brixx has six area locations.
Thank You, Coach Ron
While we don’t cover much sports-related news here at The Biscuit outside of our #GameTimeGraphic, we’ve enjoyed watching Coach Ron Rivera and having a little video fun with him. He performed his duties with honesty and dignity and was an incredibly active supporter of community organizations. And, of course, we’ll miss seeing which post-game T-shirt he rolls out each week. Thanks for all your hard work, Coach!
Happy Birthday, Queen City Nerve!
We love underdogs. When Creative Loafing suddenly shuttered its doors last year, editor Ryan Pitkin and his partner-in-crime, Justin LaFrancois, jumped into action, founding Queen City Nerve and offering a new, unbridled voice for alternative media in Charlotte. They published their first edition on Dec. 5, 2018 and one year later, they’re just as fired up. Charlotte deserves and needs a wide array of perspectives in our media landscape. (Heck, that’s why we started baking The Biscuit.) We can’t wait to see what they do in 2020. Check out their work here.
This has been a rough week for the Carolina Panthers, bidding farewell to Coach Ron and losing an ugly game to Washington. The fans are hungry for a win. The Panthers are hungrier. So, Charlotte artist, Nalee Thao, gave us a #GameTimeGraphic that fits the current mood. Here’s hoping our we emerge victorious Sunday, looking fat and happy like the cat that ate the dirty bird … ahem … canary.
Show your Panther Pride and post this image on your social feeds. Please tag @narly and use #GameTimeGraphic.
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