Charlotte’s blessed with some truly incredible Instagram accounts. But, you can only follow so many before your thumbs fall off. Where do you start? We ask a different Queen City creative each week to recommend four choice accounts.
This week, we ask “The Pandalorian” (who may or may not be editor Tim Miner), a masked character who administers fierce and encouraging on-stage hugs to those who give excellent 30-second presentations each month at CreativeMornings/Charlotte. After polishing off some eucalyptus leaves & pizza, the bear says you should care about:
“Sarcasm seeks out sarcasm. Whenever I check into @CLTDeveopment’s feed, I feel a kindred spirit there — a pride for the Charlotte and a desire to inform people about what’s going on here. In this case, new development. But, there’s also a cheekiness … a desire to tweak the message a little and remind us not to take everything so seriously. THe ‘Craney’ Awards going on right now is a perfect example of this. Naming a category ‘Fifty Shades of Beige’ totally makes up for these awards being promoted as ‘1st Annual’ instead of ‘Inaugural.'” – The Pandalorian
“As a father of two daughters … err, cubs … the mission of Pink Mentor Network and its founder, Stacy Cassio, hits me just right. The organization and its unflinchingly positive and uplifting feed are devoted to women mentoring and supporting other women in business. I’m not a ‘Successories’ kind of guy and hollow ‘Quote of the Day’ feeds leave me cold, but the words of encouragement and the sights of women of all ages and colors supporting each other through Pink Mentor Network makes me happy every time I see it. And, then I start blushing until my face is the color of Stacy’s jacket.” – The Pandalorian
“I could belabor this, but @CLTGraffiti is my favorite Instagram feed in Charlotte, hands down. (And, yes, that includes the ones I help manage.) The rise of Queen City mural culture is exciting, but this feed finds the hidden, off-the-beaten-path/sometimes-under-bridges urban art often created in the shadows by artists whose names we may never know. It makes me want to get up and get exploring every nook and cranny of the QC. Even better, he includes the latitude and longitude of the art he finds.” – The Pandalorian
@UNCCSpecColl (UNC-Charlotte Special Collections)
“I’ve lived in Charlotte for most of my life and it hurts to see how little of our own history many of us remember or know, regardless of how long we’ve lived here. There are other CLT history feeds, but this one highlights daily gems from the rich UNC-Charlotte Special Collection. Some days it’s serious. Some days it’s playful. But, it’s ALWAYS interesting. The best way to learn Charlotte history is to follow Tom Hanchett or Dr. Willie Griffin around all day long. Failing that, following this Instagram account is a close second.” – The Pandalorian
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