Announcing the 2016 Placemaking Micro-Grant Winners

April 13, 2016 4:14 pm

Back in January we rolled out the Placemaking Micro-Grant program, a new initiative designed to fund Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects in the urban laboratory environment of Historic South End.

With this grant program we seek to support small, inexpensive projects that can be implemented quickly to nurture community life in the public realm.




After reviewing many quality proposals, we are excited to announce the first cohort of grant recipients! The 6 winning projects represent a variety of South End stakeholders and approaches and we look forward to seeing these visions come to life in the neighborhood.

Keep scrolling for more info about the projects and the co-conspirators who will make them possible.


“Make Your Mark”

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

Submitted by:

Liana Charles is a design professional, living in the Charlotte area, who enjoys creating unique experiences for people through interactive design.


Second Annual Grove Fest paint-by-number Mural - in progress  (9b)

“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 has been a member of Charlotte Art League since 2005. She has spearheaded multiple successful events and enjoys collaborating with other nonprofits and engaging under-served artists.

Susan Dunn serves as the President of the Charlotte Art League.

Brooke Gibbons is an artist and educator and serves as the 1st Vice President, Secretary of the Board and Programs Chair at the Charlotte Art League.

Vikki O’Keefe is the Charlotte Art League’s Membership Committee Chair.


“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 has been a professional artist for 33 years and is a partner in Ciel Gallery.

Jonathan Grauel – Even before the accident, he described his creative process as thoughts emerging from his fingertips, nine times out of ten that is even more true today.


“Runner’s Respite”

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

Submitted by:

Ken Jones

Favorite South End beer joint: Good Bottle Co. / Favorite South End live music spot: Common Market / Favorite South End brewery: Lenny Boy

Liz Richardson

Favorite South End restaurant: Seoul Food Meat Co. / Favorite South End business combo: early morning workout at Madabolic + after work drinks at Good Bottle Co. / Favorite South End event: the endless supply of free run groups and yoga at each brewery

Darcy Everett

Favorite South End breakfast spot: Owen’s Bagels / Favorite South End light rail stop: New Bern / Favorite South End spot: Giant Checkers & Chess board



“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 is a socially conscious visual artist working across mediums, including book arts.

David Jessup, Jr. is a lifelong student and teacher, leading Digi-Bridge, a nonprofit working to develop our community’s 21st century leaders.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library‘s “Idea Box” is a makerspace where anyone can explore new technology, as well as design, prototype and build inspired ideas.

C3Lab in South End is Charlotte’s only creative hub featuring collaborative workspaces, artist studios, makerspaces, and urban event space.

Pic-5b-CM-Library Pic-5-Digi-Bridge

“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 is on staff with the Humane Society of Charlotte as an executive assistant and grant writer.



If you’re feeling inspired to create something cool for the neighborhood, hit us up! Applications for the second round of Placemaking Micro-Grants will open on June 15th. In the meantime, email with questions and ideas.

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