About MoRA 

Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) is a grassroots group of volunteers from Monroe Road neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, and schools.
MoRA advocates for the neighborhoods and businesses along all of Monroe Road — from 7th Street near Lupie’s all the way to Pineville-Matthews Rd near Oaklore Distillery Co. We advocate for mobility, affordability, and opportunity. We connect businesses with people, and we connect people with what’s happening along Monroe Road. We help create community, and public art.
Read a bit about our origin story here.


MoRA’s work and ongoing programs include:

  • Focus groups and surveys since 2014.
  • Annual town hall meetings and government agencies open house since 2015.
  • Free community concerts & events at the Embrace sculpture.
  • Public art projects including “Embrace,” a stainless steel and ceramic mosaic sculpture built by the community (located across from East Meck H.S.); Tapestry, an art mural celebrating our diverse heritage; and four Patchwork street murals at three major intersections along Monroe Road.
  • Outdoor, live theatre at The Barn at McAlpines Center 2021, 2022 and 2023.
  • Free dance camp for Monroe Road area students at CCDC, made possible by a Neighborhood Matching Grant; Summer 2022.

MoRA is qualified as a Charitable Organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and has a GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency.

Our Mission

To forge a more vital and vibrant community along all of Monroe Road.

  • Promote and support the social, educational, cultural, artistic, and economic life of this welcoming area of Charlotte while encouraging and preserving its diversity.
  • Provide a forum for building relationships among area residents, businesses and community institutions to share information, viewpoints, and ideas.
  • Identify common needs and ambitions for discussion, advocacy, and potential action.


Photo credit: Leigh Black