ArtTalk: Try making a "cultural bucket list" for Columbia

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

This article is a part of ArtTalk, a Missourian project inviting people from the arts community to tell us what’s cooking around town. To submit something you're excited about and open the eyes of the community to local art, fill out the form at the bottom of this story. Find past submissions here.

Here's the latest in the series, written by program specialist for Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs, Sarah Dresser.

Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about?

A: With 2013 off to a roaring start, something I've been thinking a lot about is the idea of a "cultural bucket list." The new year is typically a time when people start making "new year's resolutions" — lists of things to do this year, what to give up, or small changes to make in our day-to-day lives. This year, however, I challenge you to make a different kind of list. Create a cultural bucket list.

Your standard-issue bucket list might include some of the following: see the pyramids in Egypt, learn how to scuba dive, attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, climb a mountain, and the list goes on. However, you don't have to create a seemingly unachievable list of tasks to complete. In our own backyard, Columbia, Missouri, we can create a "cultural bucket list" that is within reach.

Q: Why are you excited, and why might other people be interested?

A: The great thing about creating your own list is that there is so much to do in Columbia! See a performance by the Missouri Contemporary Ballet (and read a previous ArtTalk installment about that). Catch an independent film at Ragtag Cinema. Take a group of friends downtown for Artrageous Friday. Buy a piece of local art. Get tickets for a concert with Odyssey Chamber Music Series. Attend a play at Columbia Entertainment Company. Engage with others by getting your family and friends involved and check off list items together. You don't have to go far to experience exceptional arts and culture!

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Have something from Columbia’s arts and culture scene that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Become a part of ArtTalk.

The rules? There aren’t many. Describe works of art, places, events, workshops, exhibits or anything else arts-related. The only restriction is that you can't share your own work. To submit, fill out the form below or email the same information to us at

This invitation is part of the Missourian's partnership with the Public Insight Network. Read more about that here.

Questions? Contact Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at or 573-882-8182.

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