Score your cultural life

Categories: ArtPop, Blog, Cultural Partners, Uncategorized

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

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.

Festival in the Park. (Photo credit: Festival in the Park.)
Festival in the Park. (Photo credit: Festival in the Park.)___ Purchased art from a local artist (one point for each artwork)

___ 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

ArtPop billboard by Charlotte artist Deborah Triplett.
ArtPop billboard by Charlotte artist Deborah Triplett. The local ArtPop program is a partnership between ASC, program founder Wendy Hickey and Adams Outdoor Advertising.

___ 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

Wind Sculpture by Jack Pentes was updated in April with new spinning discs made of Sunbrella fabric donated by Glen Raven Inc. and designs by Wray Ward.
Wind Sculpture by Jack Pentes was updated in April with new spinning discs made of Sunbrella fabric donated by Glen Raven Inc. and designs by Wray Ward.

___ 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

Musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performing at Culture Feast. The event was part of ASC's Cultural Free For All, presented to the community by Wells Fargo.
Musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performing at Culture Feast. The event was part of ASC’s Cultural Free For All, present to the community by Wells Fargo.

___ 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.

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