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Stories of Impact: Charlotte Is Creative


Charlotte Is Creative funds, promotes, connects, and advocates for Charlotte’s creative individuals and organizations and champions collaboration between them and the larger business community.


In 2021, Charlotte is Creative received a North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant to help launch their special series: “The World Should Know…”


The three-part series was created to help keep stories of Charlotte’s past alive — stories of neighborhoods and neighbors that have been foundational to the past but are in danger of being lost to time in the future. It was developed by Charlotte Is Creative in partnership with Tom Hanchett and Winston Robinson and sponsored by NC Humanities. Each instalment spotlighted a remarkable Charlottean through a written story, a podcast and an original work of art by a Charlotte-based creative made in honor of the subject.


Read “The World Should Know…”


Visiting with Rudean Harris on Charlotte’s West Side

Rudean Harris is retired now, but she loves to share memories. For nearly half a century – from 1957 to 2016 – she helped knit together a community, offering comfort food and a comforting shoulder.


Telling the Story of Trailblazing Charlottean Tommie Robinson

Tommie Robinson is brash,  confident and unapologetic about how good an artist he is.


A local treasure:  “Ms. Mattie”

For three decades, “Ms. Mattie” has worked to preserve the character of her adopted neighborhood, Washington Heights


“We are so thankful for this financial assistance to help share people, places and moments from Charlotte’s civil rights history that deserve more recognition and acknowledgement in our community,” said Charlotte Is Creative co-founders Matt Olin and Tim Miner. “This grant will allow us to use a wide array of creative means to convey this history factually and passionately through prose, podcasting, visual and performing arts. Through this partnership of approaches, we’re hoping to ensure this local history is never under-appreciated again.”


North Carolina Humanities awarded a total of $1,271,060 in American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants to 90 North Carolina cultural organizations in September 2021. Funding for North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants was provided to North Carolina Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), approved by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March 2021. To see a list of all 90 grantees visit


Stories of Impact is a limited-time blog series that highlights various North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant recipients and their amazing work across the state.