Fun to know!Charlotte Listens, created and developed by Sara Kate Baudhuin at the Charlotte Art League, is a creative answer to the realities of COVID-19 isolation. It’s a storytelling “payphone,” but, instead of a phone, you’ll find a panel with a QR code that, when scanned, gives you a phone number to listen to one of five different short stories recorded by previous participants. After you listen, you’re invited to share a story of your own with the help of prompts. (Note: The Charlotte Art League screens the recordings, so there’s no risk of encountering anything inappropriate.) As stories are added, the menu of options changes and expands.
This is a mobile installation. Follow @charlotte.listens on Instagram to find its current location. At the time of this post, the booth was located at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in South End. While it's there, consider pairing your visit with a bike ride or walk on the Rail Trail and a frozen treat!
Good to know!
This database is easy to use. Enter a region (down to the
state level) and download the most recent report. Of particular interest to me are stats on parks and recreation.
Other fun tools the article mentioned are Google Maps’ popular times and live busyness feature,
which offers real-time insight into how crowded a place might be before you go, and the
which helps orient users en route to an unfamiliar destination. Both seem genius
at any time, but particularly in the age of COVID-19.
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Message me! I’d love to check them out and spread the word.