By Bernie Petit
Just how engaged in the cultural community are you?
Find out by taking our unofficial and unscientific – but totally fun – Cultural Life quiz.
We’ve taken anticipated annual cultural events and popular arts, science, history and heritage pursuits that can be enjoyed locally and boiled them down into score-able items.
To score your cultural life, simply award yourself a point for each of the following cultural activities you did in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the past year, tally up your points and get your grade below.
___ Went to a cultural festival (one point for each festival)
___ Attended a play or musical (one point for each)
___ Visited a museum or science center (one point for each cultural venue you visited)
___ Donated to a cultural organization (one bonus point for donating to ASC)
___ Followed a cultural organization on social media (one point for each)
___ Took in some Jazz at the Bechtler
___ Created your own work of art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc.; one bonus point if you’ve instructed others)
___ Went to an Open Studio Saturday at McColl Center for Arts + Innovation
___ Took your child (or a niece, nephew, grandchild, etc.) to the museum or a play
___ Hung your child’s artwork (or the artwork of a niece, nephew, grandchild, etc.) on the refrigerator
___ Enjoyed Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place or Gantt After Dark at the Harvey B. Gantt Center
___ Checked out an art gallery
___ Caught a pop-up theater performance by Donna Scott Productions in South End
___ Invited a friend to a cultural event
___ Attended Art + Apertif at Le Meridian with local ArtPop artists
___ Volunteered for or worked for a local cultural organization
___ Had your commute improved by an ArtPop billboard
___ Visited the Hezekiah Alexander House at Charlotte History Museum
___ Followed a local arts and culture reporter or arts journalism outlet on social media
___ Went to the opera
___ Took or posed for a picture in front of the Firebird
___ Strolled through the gardens at Wing Haven
___ Grabbed a beer and admired the art at Gallery Twenty-Two in Plaza-Midwood
___ Attended a performance, lecture or exhibition at one of our local colleges and universities (one point for each performance/exhibition)
___ Checked out a library book
___ Had lunch at Romare Bearden Park
___ Read a Wall Poem in uptown Charlotte
___ Went to an art crawl in NoDa or South End
___ Sought out a piece of public art
___ Caught a concert at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
___ Visited a cultural venue on Connect with Culture Day in January or September (one bonus point for participating both days)
___ Attended Sensoria, a celebration of the arts and literature, at Central Piedmont Community College
___ Rode the van to South Carolina to see XOXO’s “Bohemian Grove” in May
___ Attended a Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops performance
___ Painted your piece of pride with artist Edwin Gil at the Charlotte Pride Festival
___ Checked out art at a former Goodyear building
___ Ate dinner outdoors along North Tryon Street and enjoyed unique cultural experiences at ASC’s Culture Feast in September
___ Displayed art in your yard on National Yard Art Day in September
___ Voted in the November election
___ Went to see Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker or Carolina Voices’ The Singing Christmas Tree over the holidays (one bonus point if you caught both)
___ Participated in a local cultural activity not included in this quiz
YOUR CULTURAL LIFE SCORE
14 points or less – You may need to get more involved in the cultural community. Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com to find upcoming cultural activities that spark your interests.
15 to 24 points – You’re engaged in the cultural community but may need to identify your cultural passion. Consider connecting more deeply with one of our cultural partners.
25 points or more – Congratulations – you’re a cultural superstar! Continue your strong support of the cultural community by volunteering and by signing up for VoterVoice to advocate for arts and culture, if you haven’t done so already.