Cultural Activity Report

Cultural Activity Report

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Due Week 10 and worth 100 points As a way of experiencing the Humanities beyond your classroom, computer, and textbook, you are asked to do a certain type of “cultural activity” that fits well with our course and then report on your experience. Your instructor will require you to propose an activity and get instructor approval before you do it and report on it (students should look for any instructions in that respect). Every effort should be made to ensure that this is a hands-on experience (not a virtual one), that this activity fits the HUM 112 class well, and that the activity is of sufficient quality for this university course. The two (2) key types of activities are a museum visit or a performance. Note: This must not be a report on the same activity (and certainly not the same report) as done for another class, like HUM 111. For instance, one might go to the same museum as done for HUM 111, but this HUM 112 report will focus on entirely different works and displays.

1.Visit a museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater, dance, or musical performance before the end of Week 10. The activity (museum or performance) should have content that fits our course well. Have fun doing this. 2.Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience.◦Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.◦Provide specific information and a description of at
least two (2) pieces.◦Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after attending the event.◦Use at least the class text as a reference (additional sources are fine, not necessary unless required by your content). Your report should include connections you make between things observed in your activity and things learned in the course and text.

Note: Submit your cultural activity choice to the instructor for approval before the end of Week 5 (earlier is even better). Look for guidance from the instructor for how or where to make your proposal. You may also seek advice from your instructor (provide your town / state or zip code) for a good activity in your general area. Visiting
a Museum

It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what is available to see. In the museum, find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.•If there is a

It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what is available to see. In the museum, find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.•If there is a travelling exhibition, it’s always a good idea to see it while you have the chance. Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the museum.•Every effort should be made ahead of time to identify a museum that has items and works one can easily connect to our HUM 112 class and book. Since HUM 112 covers from 1600 AD to the present, it makes more sense to focus on items from this time frame. In general, museums with fine arts work better than history museums.

Any questions about whether a museum-visit activity fits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for the activity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor.
Normally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity.

Make notes as you go through the museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staff gives you. While you should not quote anything from the printed material when you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memory later.

The quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you actually see. The most rewarding experiences can come from finding two or three (2 or 3) pieces of art or exhibits which intrigue you and then considering those works in leisurely contemplation. Most museums have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.

If you are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about, ask yourself these questions:

(1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly
caught fire, which two

(2) pieces of art or exhibits would you most
want to see saved from the fire?

(2) Why would you choose those two
(2) particular pieces?

Attending a Performance•Check your local colleges to see if there are
any free or low-cost performances or student recitals. Student
performances are generally of almost the same quality as professional
performances, but typically cost much less. However, performances of
high school level or lower will not meet this requirement. •Try to do
a quality performance that fits the class subject matter well.
Sorry—but this is not for pop music or rock music, rap, country music,
gospel music, comedy routines, your kid’s dance recital, your
international friend’s wedding, high school plays, renaissance fairs,
etc. Instead, think of college level or professional recitals, string
quartets, symphony orchestras, opera, jazz, some stage dramas, etc.

•Any questions about whether a performance activity fits the course
and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the
student seeks approval for an activity. Any alternative activity
outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by
disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor.
Normally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to
an approved activity. •Unlike visiting a museum, where you can wear
almost anything, people attending performances are often expected to
“dress up” a bit.•Take a pen or pencil with you and accept the program
you are offered by the usher; you will probably want to take notes on
it during or after the performance.•Turn off your cell phone before
entering the auditorium. Do not use your phone to record the music or
to take pictures or videos. To play it safe, turn the phone off. •Most
long musical performances have at least one (1) intermission. If the
lights start blinking, it is the sign that the performance is about to
begin. •Look for very specific things (such as a particular piece of
music or the way certain instruments sounded at a specific time) which
tend to stand out as either enjoyable or not enjoyable. Be sure to
take notes of the things which you find enjoyable as well as the
things which are not enjoyable.

Note: If a student is unable to attend a cultural event in person due
to circumstances beyond the student’s control, then the instructor
will recommend an alternate event / activity for the student to
“attend” online. The “virtual” event / activity is usually only for
students who, due to their physical location, cannot possibly attend
an event / activity in person; typically, these students are stationed
overseas or have no means of transportation. Experience shows most
museums and activities are modest in cost and manageable for students,
and you will often see students from other universities there on
similar course projects. If you are facing financial hardship, keep in
mind that many museums have a free day each week and performance
discounts are often available for students and veterans, among others.
Feel free to ask your instructor to help with finding low-cost
options. If you believe that you have a legitimate reason for
attending a “virtual” activity, you must contact the instructor no
later than Week 5 for your request to be considered.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
are:•Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and
artistic expressions within a historical context. •Examine the
influences of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic
forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.•Use technology
and information resources to research issues in the study of world
cultures.•Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using
proper writing mechanicsGrading for this assignment will be based on
answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and
writing skills, using the following rubric here.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:•Be typed,
double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style
format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
(Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the Additional
Resources section of their Student Center within their course shell
for reference)•Include a cover page containing the title of the
assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course
title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not
included in the required assignment page length.

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