Placemaking Microgrant Projects: June Update

June 1, 2016 7:53 am

Back in April we announced the first 6 winners of our Placemaking Micro-Grant program, a new initiative designed to support small, inexpensive projects that can be implemented quickly to nurture community life in the public realm of Historic South End.



Since then the recipients have been working hard to bring their creative visions to life. Now, less than a month away from the implementation deadline on June 30, we are excited to give you an update on each project and hope you will support them as they roll out!


“Make Your Mark”

An interactive coloring-book wall will invite passersby to fill in an ever-changing design.

Submitted by:

Liana Charles


Liana invited Jasmine McNeil to participate in the creation of the design. The team is currently reaching out to property owners to secure a location for the temporary art installation.



“Mortar & Brick that has been Historic South End”

Photographs of art capturing the neighborhood essence will be displayed in a temporary outdoor exhibit.

Submitted by:

Cindy Connelly, Susan Dunn, and Brooke Sloan Gibbons


The Charlotte Art League is busy finalizing the prospectus and targeted partner commitments and will send out a call for artists shortly. After the first gallery crawl show and outdoor exhibition, the team will partner with Van Wade to have the photographs displayed in Spirit Square through the September 2016.



“Out of the Gallery, Into the Street”

Pop-up projection art will bring light and life to underused spaces and encourage spontaneous interactions.

Submitted by:

Emily Andress and Jonathan Grauel


Emily and Jonathan have officially locked in 3 dates and locations for their pop-up projection art. You’re invited to swing by and contribute to the first one tomorrow, Thursday, June 2 from 8-9:30 pm between Wooden Robot and Brass Tap at 1440 S Tryon Street!




“Runner’s Respite”

An interactive bench will offer seating, lighting, and games to Rail Trail users.

Submitted by:

Ken Jones, Liz Richardson, and Darcy Everett


The team has created the design concept and is ready to acquire materials to build the bench. In the meantime, they are working through necessary channels to gain approval from CATS and adjacent property owners for the temporary installation.



“South End Community Make Day”

A temporary learning environment will invite the public to create a meaningful project with makerspace technology.

Submitted by:

April Marten, David Jessup, Jr., Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and C3Lab


The team has finalized plans for #iMakeCLT, a Community Make Day that will celebrate, engage and inspire makers of all types on June 18th, 10 am-2 pm at C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street.

This free, family-friendly event will provide a pop-up space for attendees of all ages to interact with artists and makers and take part in activities like bookbinding, micro-farming, laser cut paper arts, stop motion animation, 3D printing and Lego robotics.

For more information about all the participating makers, visit or check out the Facebook event.


“South End Superdogs”

A series of free dog training classes will activate empty lots in South End and build community among dog owners.

Submitted by:

Samantha Gellar and the Humane Society of Charlotte


The team has secured space in the grass behind Sycamore Brewing (2161 Hawkins Street) on Sunday mornings in June (6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26) from 10:30 am-12pm. The drop-in classes will be on-leash and participants will need to fill out a simple waiver to participate. Save the date!



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