Meet the Fall 2016 Placemaking Microgrant winners

September 30, 2016 12:48 pm

Since the Historic South End Placemaking Microgrant Program launched earlier this year, we’ve been blown away by the creativity demonstrated by passionate South End stakeholders ready to make their mark. In the first round we were proud to support dog trainers, professional artists, robot builders, and avid runners alike in their pursuit of enhancing public life in the neighborhood.

Here are a few pictures from some Spring 2016 projects to jog the ol’ memory.

*Spoiler alert: they rocked.*



Now we are excited to announce that 6 more projects have been selected to receive funding for Fall 2016! These Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper ideas to enhance the public realm may vary in their approach, but all the projects seek to strengthen people’s connections to each other and to South End. We can’t wait to see it all come to life in our neighborhood.

Keep scrolling for more info about the projects and the co-conspirators who will make them happen over the next 90 days.

“Beautiful Utilities”

An overlooked utility box will receive an uplifting artistic treatment.

Submitted by:

Charlotte native, Laurie Smithwick, is a designer, teacher, artist, speaker, and idea person who is passionate about community engagement.


“Better Sense of Direction”

Creative signposts will encourage people to explore unexpected destinations of South End’s past and present.

Submitted by:

The Innovation Breakfast Group is a meeting organized by the Innovation Engine at Carolinas HealthCare System. They worked with designers, engineers and innovators from companies like Enventys, Lowe’s, [x]brandlabs, WeThinkNext and more to brainstorm their Placemaking idea.


“Follow Your Art: A Color Wheel Project”

Temporary colorful symbols on the sidewalk will direct passersby to local art galleries during Gallery Crawl on the first Friday of each month.

Submitted by:

Pam Goode is a mosaic artist, instructor, founding partner of Ciel Gallery, tour leader and tireless traveler.

Laura McRae-Hitchcock is a Ciel Gallery artist who spends her time painting and hopping between her two favorite cities: Charlotte and Charleston.


“Sidewalk Shadow Art”

Art installations made with water-activated paint will appear on the sidewalk when it rains.

Submitted by:

Nauman Panjwani is an Operational Risk Consultant in the Finance world who loves to travel, moonlights as a barista, and knows his way around a HipHop-Bollywood dance floor.


“South End Verses”

C3 Lab’s building façade will engage passersby on Remount Road with a rotation of thought-provoking poetic displays.

Submitted by:

Glen & Maria Nocik, owners of ACSM and C3LabCharlotte’s only creative hub featuring collaborative workspaces, artist studios, makerspaces, and urban event space.

(Here’s an inspiration pic from an ad campaign in Ottawa to give you a feel for the visual concept, though the content will be poems or quotes depicted by local artists…)


“QC Arcade”

A giant Nintendo controller that takes two people to operate will spark connections in popular South End gathering spaces.

Submitted by:

Jesse Koziol is a bookworm, martial artist, pianist, and lifelong gamer.

Erik Enwall is a tinkerer, photographer, and classic game aficionado.



Check the blog for updates as these projects progress!

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