Charlotte Pride, a local non-profit organization that produces educational and social programming to celebrate and empower the Queen City’s LGBTQ community, announced Monday the opening of its new offices in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.
Charlotte Pride’s new office space will provide a home to plan and prepare for the group’s expanded projects and partnerships this year, including a new partnership with the GayCharlotte Film Festival, new community outreach and events, space for other community partners and groups and Charlotte Pride’s first educational conference, InterPride’s Prides of the Southeast (POSE). The conference will be hosted in Charlotte in April, attracting Pride event organizers from 12 states across the region.
“Our new offices will be our volunteers’ and partners’ ‘home base’ for the weeks and months of work it takes to plan each year’s festival and parade, along with our collaborations on new projects and programs,” said Richard Grimstad, a co-director of the Charlotte Pride Executive Committee. “The hard work of Charlotte Pride’s team of volunteers, with the generous support of our sponsors and donors, has grown this organization from a small annual event to one of the Southeast’s largest LGBTQ Pride organizations presenting unique and substantive programs, projects and events all year long.”
Located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, the facility offers approximately 2,100 square feet of office, meeting, conference, lounge, and storage space. Amenities include a large and small conference room and a lounge for casual conversations and meetings. Additionally, a co-working space for Charlotte Pride committees includes shared workstations and a smaller meeting area.
Charlotte Pride is currently putting the final touches on their new facility. A community open house is expected in March. Supporters can learn more, donate to help finish the move-in, see the remaining wish list items, and see before and after photos at the organization’s new official blog, Charlotte Pride Scribe.
Charlotte Pride is also offering an individual, approximately 150-square-feet office for lease to a community group. The single office lease includes access to conference and meeting space. For more information on leasing, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Pride will soon be announcing new programs and events as it continues planning for this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, slated for August 15-16, 2015. The group’s 2014 event attracted more than 100,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. In 2013, it attracted more than 80,000, including 40,000 for Charlotte’s first Pride parade in nearly two decades.
For more information on Charlotte Pride’s events and programs, visit charlottepride.org.