Apr 21, 2021


by Kelly Thompson

If Renaissance West STEAM Academy Could Talk

If Buildings Could Talk is a podcast that explores the untold stories behind buildings in Charlotte and how the design of these spaces impacts the lives of individuals and the success of our city. The podcast is part of the Queen City Podcast Network.  Subscribe now and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. We’re excited to have you join us!

With every episode of If Buildings Could Talk, we uncover new ways in which the design of buildings impacts our communities. Our third episode tells the story of Renaissance West STEAM Academy, a PreK-8 school playing an integral role in an innovative neighborhood redevelopment initiative aimed at improving economic mobility and ending intergenerational poverty. We hear from the school principal, an 8th grade student and the CEO of the Renaissance West Community Initiative about how this important project is elevating educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of income.


Kelly Thompson

Beginning her communications career in television broadcasting, Kelly ditched the idea of fame and fortune – but remains convinced that fortune will come from her occasional purchase of a lottery ticket. A member of Little’s marketing team and mom of three tykes, Kelly is known to put on a toe tapping, finger snapping clogging performance when the empty soda cans wedged on her feet fit just right.

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