On July 16, commuters at Mass Transportation Authority’s downtown bus terminal were pleasantly surprised after deboarding their buses. Culture Shock presented a classical music performance featuring a string trio of professional musicians from the Flint Symphony Orchestra. During the lunch time performance raffle drawings were conducted for free food from Subway. Through this event CFI wanted to make classical music accessible to a broader cross section of the community. It is CFI’s belief that arts and culture should be enjoyable and accessible to all.
When MTA patron Martha Dellinger-Nass saw the string trio playing at the MTA terminal, she decided to wait for the next bus so she could enjoy the performance. "A lot of the time when there are concerts like that, a lot of people can't afford it, even if it's just $10 or $15. Plus, the buses don't run late, so a lot of people don't have the opportunity to go and watch that kind of stuff," she said. "If it's just there, and it's free, I think everybody can appreciate it. I don't have a car, so even though there might be concerts that may play throughout the area, I don't have the money or the time. I've got an hour to listen to it, because this might be my only time this year to listen to this."
This event gained national attention from news outlets such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Gate, Charlotte Observer and Wichita Eagle.