Charlotte Journalism Collaborative Project Blends Impactful Reporting with Graphic Artistry

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By Michael J. Solender When COVID-19 first began to impact our community in early 2020, the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative (CJC), a diverse group of six area media and three community partners, wanted an innovative approach to reach an audience of untypical news consumers with credible and actionable messaging. The collaborative, inspired by the energy and …

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ASC Cultural Vision Grant Helps Lórien Academy of the Arts Expand Access to Art Education

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Lórien Academy of the Arts is an onramp to confidence building for middle and high school students from low-income homes with art-based experiential programing. By Michael J. Solender When Mike Khoe first worked one-on-one with Charlotte-area middle school students on arts projects, he saw firsthand how development of their innate creative abilities provided them the …

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Artist Support Grantee Patrice Wilson’s Message: “Be Yourself Unashamedly”

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Patrice Wilson.
By Page Leggett Patrice N. Wilson is an educator, poet, language lover and spoken word artist. Her $2,000 ASC Artist Support Grant supports what she calls “Black, queer and everything-in-between art.” The grant, which Wilson calls “monumental,” is lighting a new path for the UNC Charlotte alumna. “This grant is … essentially my first big …

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The Art of Charlotte Pride

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2019 Charlotte Pride parade. Charlotte Pride photo.
Charlotte’s annual LGBTQ festival is more than a party. It’s a cultural showcase. By Page Leggett Matt Comer helps host one of Charlotte’s biggest parties. The annual Pride festival, put on by Charlotte Pride, drew 200,000 in 2019. But Pride is more than a party. “Many people come to let loose,” Comer, Charlotte Pride’s communications …

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Unique Patton Building Social Capital in Charlotte’s Cultural Community

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McColl Center resident Jackie Milad (left) with Charlotte's Unique Patton.
By Jillian Mueller Although design student Unique Patton will head back to N.C. State University in the fall, she isn’t done making her mark on Charlotte yet. Patton has been involved in the Queen City’s cultural scene since writing a poem in middle school that inspired the words that embellish the Tom Hunter light rail …

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