Catch up on local plans at the MoRA Government Open House Wednesday, October 25

MoRA is again hosting our Government Open House on Wednesday, October 25 at East Mecklenburg High School, from 5:30 to 7:30. There are countless projects and programs planned for our area in southeast Charlotte, and this is the only place to catch up on all the changes coming to your neighborhood.

We open up governmental and non-profits providing updates from 5:30 to 6:30, including:

  • Monroe Road Advocates
  • GIS – Elections
  • Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services
  • Charlotte Placemaking Hub
  • Preserve Matthews
  • Park and Rec
  • Solid Waste
  • Sustain Charlotte
  • Solid Waste

MoRA has invited multiple candidates up for election to talk with voters about their platforms.

We will update MoRA initiatives and projects in the area, ranging from the new sculpture adorning the corner of Monroe Road and Conference Drive, to plans to improve safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. We have updates on plans for the Rama/Idlewild/Monroe intersection, the Silver Line, sidewalk and bike programs, and the status of East John.



Help MoRA name the art sculpture on Monroe Road and Conference Drive

Construction has started on our site for our public art sculpture, and it is time for us to give it an official name.
Art@thePoint has always been a placeholder name for the 16′ mosaic sculpture to be installed this fall at Conference Dr and Monroe Rd. Now we need YOUR help to give it a permanent name!  Tell us what we should name the sculpture and why. Suggestions can be emailed to or posted directly to our Facebook page. Please include the reason you think this should be the name.
Get your suggestions in now!  A naming panel has been appointed to decide on final submissions using the following guiding principles:
  • A good name allows a story to be told around it
  • Simplicity will be valued
  • Uniqueness will be valued
  • Geographic, historical, or cultural significance to the area or city will be valued
  • The name should align with our community’s values
  • A good name will fit the character and/or characteristics of the sculpture

New Art Tile-Making Workshops (Free!)

The Monroe Road Advocates have been working tirelessly for months to bring our biggest plan to life: a 16-foot tall sculpture that will define southeast Charlotte. We wanted to give neighbors a true sense of place that helps define where they live. For more information on the project, visit our art page.
Things were moving according to plan until the sudden passing of our friend and Art@thePoint’s creator and artist Leslie Scott. We plan to honor Leslie by bringing her last inspiration to life. Renowned Charlotte artist Lee Baumgarten will be seeing this project through to completion, but changes require more tile for the project.
Here’s your last chance to create tiles for the iconic Art@thePoint sculpture to be located at the “point” at Monroe Road and Conference Drive. Bring the whole family out to design, craft, and put your touch on tile that will go on the sculpture. This is a great, free project for all ages!
Tuesdays and Thursdays  June 6, 8, 13, 22, 27, 29  (6pm until 8pm)
Saturday, June 17  (12-2pm)

Sign up using the following link:
All workshops are held at Meridian Place, 6423 Monroe Road (between M Station and McDonald’s), on a first-come basis. Visit our Facebook events page for more updates, or to share which tile shop you are attending.
We are very close to our donation goal! One tax-deductible donation can make this sculpture a reality.

In memory of artist Leslie Scott

Unexpectedly and shockingly, artist Leslie Scott passed away in her sleep Tuesday, April 4.  It was devastating to her family, and a shock to those of us working with her on her ambitious and transformative art project, Art@thePoint.

For those of you who got to know Leslie Scott through this project, you have just a small glimpse of her creativity and vision.  Her death is an incalculable loss for MoRA on so many levels.

It was a chance meeting that brought Leslie to us, but perhaps it was fated. We are devastated at her passing, but can smile that we were part of her biggest community art project ever. She loved engaging with the neighborhood in tile-making workshops, and we hope her spirit can live on in her art.

But Art@the Point was just the latest of many examples when her talents made MoRA better.  Her Foodie Court project put MoRA on the map when it was a national  finalist in the Knight Foundation competition. Assembling the plan for that submission, she introduced our efforts to key community leaders.  Through Foodie Court, she showed us the value of having a community gathering spot.

She didn’t stop there.  Leslie thought of and helped organize MoRA’s first Holiday Tree lighting, teaching us how celebrations and gatherings are needed to build community. She pushed us to aspire for more, and challenged us to think bigger.

Leslie was also part of the team that branded the area now known as MoRA.  As you look at the logo and its small O, we hope you see a figure that represents the people – that was her idea.  Her graphics skills and sense of style made us look more polished, even in our infancy as an organization.

At heart, Leslie was a place shaper and public art was her tool. Because Art@thePoint will be a culmination of that work, we are committed to its completion.  We hope to complete the Art@thePoint project in Leslie’s honor and with the support and participation of the community. Leslie’s son Eddie, who was sometimes her assistant and sometimes her partner, will be helpful in guiding us as the work goes forward on the project.

Details will be published on our Facebook page and website as they become available.

In the meantime, if you wish to honor Leslie’s memory, her family has asked that contributions be made to Art@thePoint through the donation link on the website (

Sculpture donations top $5,000 thanks to Wanda Smith & Associates Realtors

The Monroe Road Advocates was started to improve the Monroe Road corridor. One of our main goals was to give residents a better sense of neighborhood, and give them a reason to be proud of their community.

We began working over a year ago on an ambitious public art project that could redefine the corridor and place the neighborhood. Through public donations, private funding, and city grants, we have put together over $135,000 of the $150,000 needed for the project. We have asked the community for help with the last $20,800 and have received 47 donations!

Wanda Smith & Associates Realtors’ generous contribution pushed us over the $5,000 mark! We are a quarter of the way to our $20,800 goal. But we need YOU to help get us all the way there. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Thanks to the community for believing in this southeast Charlotte neighborhood and the future of our area.

Please donate here, or sign up to make the decorative tiles that will adorn this future landmark. Every donation and volunteer hour gets us one step closer a better, closer neighborhood.

Groundbreaking news

Groundbreaking on Monroe Road’s iconic public art project Art@thePoint

MoRA officials and partners break ground on Art@thePoint

We’re excited to announce a successful groundbreaking on the $150,000 community art project Art@thePoint, a collaborative sculpture that will define southeast Charlotte. “The sculpture will be an icon for our area, a source of community pride and a symbol of change and creativity,” said community artist and creator of the project Leslie Scott. The 16’ tall sculpture will be a landmark between East Mecklenburg High School, the Independence Library, and Meridian Place.


The excitement was overflowing at the corner of Conference Drive and Monroe Road during the groundbreaking last week, with members and reps from city council, legislators, Arts & Science Council, Hendrick Automotive Group, Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Service, Goode Properties, East Meck High School, McClintock Middle School, and Independence Library in attendance.

Emcee John Lincoln



The sculpture is over 80% funded, and MoRA is asking for your tax-deductible donations to help the neighborhood realize this dream. Collaborative class sessions are planned for children and members of the community to design decorative tile that will adorn the structure. Even a small donation of time or money can help you support the change in your neighborhood.

Please visit MoRA Art for more information on how you can be a part of Art@thePoint.

MoRA board member Dean Brodhag