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The Brooklyn Collective gives Charlotte a place to connect our strengths and the space to build what’s missing.

COMMUNITY + IMPACT

We seek to embolden a diverse community of people and organizations to create positive change and local economic impact.

MAKE IT HIRING EVENT

PHOTO BY ALVIN JACOBS

HISTORY + ARTS

Our walls and programs will celebrate the history of the Brooklyn Collective's buildings while showcasing the talents of local creatives.

1-STORY MURAL

MURAL BY ABLE JACKSON

It's Time We Make It Work . . . Together.

A DIVIDED CITY
Charlotte is ranked 50 out of 50 in upward mobility, meaning that it’s harder to escape poverty here than in any other big city in the country

 

A GROWING CITY
At the same time that our city struggles to close the opportunity gap, 60 people a day are moving to Charlotte in search of their own opportunity.

Surrounded by parking lots and skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Collective stands as a reminder of what’s at stake if we don’t find solutions beyond zero-sum.

LEARN ABOUT BROOKLYN’S LEGACY

Make It Charlotte

Where do we start?

Our answer is simple: The Brooklyn Collective

 

AMPLIFY VS. DUPLICATE

Rather than competing with other efforts currently underway, we see a unique opportunity to align place with purpose.

How will we do it?

Narrowing down problems to create actionable solutions
Make It Work will activate space at the Brooklyn Collective to gather civic-minded “makers” (creatives, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers, non-profits, etc.) to fill gaps with knowledge, resources, and connections.

Why it matters?

Systems change takes time. Charlotte needs help today.

Change doesn’t happen in a moment…it happens in a movement. Join us!

Make It Work will catalyze our collective potential & grow our local economy from the ground up

Brick By Brick

Our Strategic Initiatives, Programs, and Upcoming Events 

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Make It Rain

Why is it so hard to “make it” when your passion is art and creating? We can't solve for everything, but at the Brooklyn Collective, we have a lot of blank walls….

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Make It Coffee

Have you dreamed of opening your own coffee shop? Too many things standing in your way? Applications opening soon for the first apprenticeship for entrepreneurship.

“The Brooklyn Collective’s Grace and MICo buildings are special, architecturally and culturally. The significance of these buildings on this block in a city that struggles to preserve history, especially that of displaced black communities, cannot be overstated. Where the buildings go from here will matter.”
Katie Levins, The Charlotte Agenda
Among the buildings is Grace AME Zion Church, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. It has always served as a safe space to solve community issues that people in the Black community couldn’t talk about elsewhere. Although it was sold to the historic commission over 20 years ago, The Brooklyn Collective team now wants to be able to positively influence the very things that were performed on those same grounds since the 1880s.  
Deanna Taylor, Charlotte Five

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We are looking for sponsors, partners, and volunteers. Can you help?? 

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