Cultural Experience Field Report #1
For this assignment, you will visit a cultural venue from the instructions below, talk with someone at the venue, and write a short 500-800 word report about your visit.
The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to the process of engaging with the cultural venues and communities in your locality. This will inform you personally of art in your area and groups that support it.
This assignment will help you practice the following skills that will be useful to you in your professional and personal life beyond school.
- Identify local cultural venues and inform you with deeper knowledge about the art form chosen.
- Organize reflections about engaging with a cultural experience and community
- Use concepts and skills learned in class to describe and interpret cultural experiences and communities
- Use appropriate and proper grammar, organization, and academic-style formatting in order to communicate
This assignment will help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge in the Humanities.
- Available local cultural venues and communities
- Methods of interpretation within the Humanities
For your report, attend one venue from this list.
- Visual art: art museum or sculpture garden or significant or notable architectural site (if there is explanatory material there to help you understand it) or art class
- Music: music concert or class
- Dance: dance performance or class
- Religion: religious meeting, service or ceremony that is a different religion from your own. Note, this should be a different religion, not just a different denomination. (For example, Evangelical, Catholic and Anglican are all Christian denominations — if you are a Christian, attend a service from a different religion — Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc).
Restrictions: The experience should be done in person during the current semester. If this is a challenge, contact the instructor to arrange for an extension. You may not report on a cultural experience from prior to this class.
Write a report after your attendance at the event or visit to a site.
Your report should include the following information. Include photos or links that help convey the information. As always, be sure to document all sources you consult in preparing your work. This includes brochures from the site or websites that informed you about the particular venue you visited.
- Name and location of the museum, site, or performance event. and date of attendance. If there is on-line information about the site or performance, be sure to include a link to it within the text of your essay in an appropriate place.
- Type of museum, site or event. For example is it a portrait or sculpture museum, a music concert, or dance performance? If you attended a performance, name the performer or the piece. Be specific about what you attended, when, and where.
- Name and/or general description of the person you spoke with at the venue, and their answer to this specific question, “How did you become involved with this place/event/organization etc.?”
- Briefly describe the general setting by talking a bit about the location, the number of people there, the general overall atmosphere of the place.
- Describe several pieces or aspects of the experience in detail.
- Describe at least one aspect of the experience that you found especially interesting. For example, you might write about a particular work of art, cultural artifact, song, dance section, costumes or lighting, a particular vocalist, etc. Explain what impressed or affected you, and why. Your reaction can be positive or negative, as long as you offer an explanation.
- Identify and use several tools/concepts that you have learned about in this class and apply them to specific aspects of your experience/visit. For example, if you visit a museum, you might point out how color works in one of the paintings, or if you go to a concert, how rhythm works in one of the songs. Apply them specifically and with depth to the piece to demonstrate your knowledge of the tool and help the reader better understand the piece. Then, make sure to tell the reader how you interpret some elements of your visit with the tools.
- Reflect on the relevance--if any–of your experience to your everyday life. How did the experience engage your feelings or emotions, if at all? What does this tell you about human culture, and/or about yourself?
Due to the increasing precautions advised to slow the spread of COVID 19, I wanted to give you some alternative options for the Cultural Reports. How can you experience an event/gallery/concert when most venues are closed?