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Creatives gathered for the Sept. 28 meeting of Charlotte Reciprocity Circle at Camp North End
Circle Up! Tapping into the Power of Social Capital
The next Charlotte Reciprocity Circles is Saturday Morning
Social capital don’t cost a thing. But, it can mean everything.
We all need connections — relationships with a wide array of people gracious enough to share their wisdom, experience, contacts and resources.
The best connections are reciprocal — both parties benefit from the relationship. Both parties have something valuable to give, even if it’s simply friendship. That’s why Charlotte Is Creative, publishers of The Biscuit, created Charlotte Reciprocity Circles (CRC), a social capital exchange event.
The process is simple:
- Attendees are divided randomly into small groups of 15.
- Moderators help tap into the collective wisdom of the group.
- Everyone gets the chance to ask for one thing they need to keep a creative project or career moving forward.
- Everyone is encouraged to share what they have – contacts, experience, suggestions, etc. to help others in the circle.
- Attendees are not asked to “solve” problems, just to help connect people to resources that can help them.
Everyone in the circle brings value. CRC is not about what’s in your bank account. It’s about what’s in your head and your heart.
CRC is open to everyone, especially – creatives with businesses and business folks hoping to rekindle their creative spark or who have a passion to get involved in the creative community.
Ultimately, the goal of CRC is to make Charlotte a smaller, friendlier place for creatives … one connection at a time.
JOIN THE CIRCLE
The next gathering of CRC is this Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Innovation Barn. The event is free and guests can enjoy hot coffee and breakfast/brunch bites. Sign up here.
Reciprocity Circles is made possible by the Opportunity Fund Grant fueled by the Infusion Fund and its generous sponsors.
Wow! Just in time for the holidays, there are a lot of opportunities for creatives of all kinds for work, grants and more. Dive in!
OPEN CALL: Digital Design for the Charlotte Symphony’s New Mobile Stage
Visual artists, don’t miss this deadline! You have until 11:59 p.m. TOMORROW (Friday, Dec. 1) to submit for the incredible opportunity to work with the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) to design a vinyl wrap for their new mobile stage.
The CSO describes the project this way: “This new mobile performance stage will bring the power of live music right to the heart of neighborhoods and cities across the region. To complement the experience, the Symphony is seeking to add a mural wrap designed by a local/regional artist to the new stage.
The final work will capture the essence of community gatherings and embody the spirit of the Symphony. To emphasize music’s unparalleled role in uniting diverse souls and dissolving boundaries, the mural should resonate with the heartbeat of the City, portraying music as a unifying force.”
PLEASE NOTE: This is an RFQ — so no prospective art is necessary. You submit samples of previous work only.
🔘DEADLINE: 12/15/23 at 11:59 PM
MORE OPEN CALLS
OPEN CALL: SHOUT! 2024 Final Applications
There are three remaining opportunities open to submit artwork or ideas to participate in Charlotte SHOUT! 2024, a 17-day art festival taking over Uptown next spring. These include the poster design competition to open public performance slots.
🔘DEADLINE: 12/15/23 at 11:59 PM
OPEN CALL: Art Transplant
Re|muse invites visual artists new to the Charlotte Metropolitan area to display works for a one-night-only showcase and social gathering at the Guilded Unicorn Tattoo Parlor on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. There are only four spaces remaining for creatives to display five pieces.
🔘DEADLINE: 12/17/23 at 9 PM
OPEN CALL: Matthews Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
The Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department is seeking original sculptures from artists to display at one of nine locations in downtown Matthews. Selected works will be visually engaging with a strong, imaginative design and concept. Existing works are eligible.
GRANT: Creative Renewal Fellowship
Funds from the ASC’s Creative Renewal Fellowship may be used for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences that help recipients on their creative journeys. Up to $15,000.
GRANT: SouthARTS Southern Prize and State Fellowships
The SouthARTS Southern Prize and State Fellowships are open to visual artists across nine-state regions to support, highlight and celebrate the breadth, depth and diversity of artistic excellence in the South. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000.
🔘DEADLINE: 1/8/24 at 11:59 PM
GRANT: 2024 “Miss Sarah” Fellowship for Black Women Writers
The 2024 “Miss Sarah” Fellowship for Black Women Writers provides a restful, uninterrupted environment to develop an idea for authors working a new writing project or seeking to complete an existing one. Selected writers will have two options to stay near downtown Asheville for a 10-day mini-residency in July 2024.
🔘DEADLINE: 1/9/24 at 11:59 PM
GRANT: NC Humanities Council
The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced three grant opportunities for projects that spur dialogue, deepen human experiences and inspire community through cultural experiences. For more information, attend upcoming information webinars on Dec. 6, 2023 and Jan. 10, 2024 at noon on Zoom.
🔘ROLLING DEADLINE: 11/30/23 through 9/30/24
GRANT: H.U.G. Micro-Grant
Managed by Charlotte Is Creative, $250 H.U.G. (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grants exist to help Mecklenburg County creatives remove one obstacle that may be keeping a creative project or idea (for-profit or nonprofit) from moving forward. They are best used for practical purposes such as buying materials, commissioning artists for help, paying legal fees to incorporate, funding marketing/advertising, etc.
🔘ROLLING DEADLINE: Available every month.
Charlotte Is Creative Podcast: Meet 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 following her talk, DJ Fannie sat down with Matt Olin and Tim Miner to explore her creative origin story, the development of the Sainted Trap Choir and her thoughts on creativity in general. Listen to the conversation below.
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