Charlotte Viewpoint produces the region’s premier web-based magazine about the civic and cultural life of the Charlotte region. Our website includes editorials, interviews, essays, reviews, fiction, poetry, photography, video and visual art.
Our story began in the fall of 2003 when Mark Peres, a resident of Charlotte, recognized a desire among many for informed and smart discussion about art, culture and civic life. A life-long love of writing and fascination with cityscapes and new media sparked an idea. Mark launched Charlotte Viewpoint to showcase the talent of everyday citizens and to introduce new voices to the conversation about the growth and future of the city.
From the beginning, Charlotte Viewpoint sought to establish itself as an independent, innovative voice. We were fortunate to attract a great team, and to seize – just at the right time – the intersection of the digital age and citizen participation. We showcased editorial contributions from the region’s leading citizens, and quickly gained an audience solely by word of mouth.
Our vision is a smart and creative world of citizen place-makers.
Our mission is to publish civic and cultural commentary about Charlotte and beyond for engaged citizens to enrich the creative capital of the Charlotte region and elevate civic discourse and shared standards of intellectual and artistic excellence.
Charlotte Viewpoint is a 501(c)3 non profit charitable organization. Our business model is based on contributions from forward-thinking individuals and business sponsors, grants from agencies and foundations, and earned income from workshops and consultation. Our model is highly efficient, based on the dynamics of dedicated talent, a virtual office environment, and grassroots participation.
We seek to capture the highest and best expression of what a vibrant and humane metropolis can be. We are diverse in voice, analytical in approach, constructive in tone, and insightful in spirit. We explore the city as the great construct of civilization. We examine the interior landscape of citizenship and the exterior environment in which we live. We help shape the city to become what it desires to be – a more livable, meaningful, and significant place.
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