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ALL WORK MUST INCLUDE IN-TEXT CITATIONS AND REFERENCES AND BE SUBJECTED TO PLAGERISM CHECKERSAssignment 3: Cultural Activity Report Due Week 10 and worth 100 pointsAsa 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 getinstructor approval before you do it and report on it (students shouldlook for any instructions in that respect). Every effort should be madeto ensure that this is a hands-on experience (not a virtual one), thatthis activity fits the HUM 112 class well, and that the activity is ofsufficient quality for this university course. The two (2) key types ofactivities are a museum visit or a performance. Note:This must not be a report on the same activity (and certainly not thesame report) as done for another class, like HUM 111. For instance, onemight go to the same museum as done for HUM 111, but this HUM 112 reportwill focus on entirely different works and displays. Visita museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater, dance, or musicalperformance before the end of Week 10. The activity (museum orperformance) should have content that fits our course well. Have fundoing this. 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.Useat least the class text as a reference (additional sources are fine,not necessary unless required by your content). Your report shouldinclude connections you make between things observed in your activityand things learned in the course and text. Note:Submit your cultural activity choice to the instructor for approvalbefore the end of Week 5 (earlier is even better). Look for guidancefrom the instructor for how or where to make your proposal. You may alsoseek advice from your instructor (provide your town / state or zipcode) for a good activity in your general area. Visiting a Museum Itmakes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approachesvisiting 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 inthe museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.Ifthere is a travelling exhibition, it’s always a good idea to see itwhile you have the chance. Then, if you have time, you can look at otherthings in the museum.Every effort should be made ahead oftime to identify a museum that has items and works one can easilyconnect to our HUM 112 class and book. Since HUM 112 covers from 1600 ADto the present, it makes more sense to focus on items from this timeframe. In general, museums with fine arts work better than historymuseums. Any questions about whether a museum-visit activityfits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by theinstructor when the student seeks approval for the activity. Anyalternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as forthose limited by disability or distance, will be determined by theinstructor. Normally, we do not expect students to travel over an hourto get to an approved activity. Make notes as you go throughthe museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staffgives you. While you should not quote anything from the printed materialwhen you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memorylater.The quality of your experience is not measured by theamount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of artthat you actually see. The most rewarding experiences can come fromfinding two or three (2 or 3) pieces of art or exhibits which intrigueyou and then considering those works in leisurely contemplation. Mostmuseums have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.Ifyou are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about,ask yourself these questions: (1) If the museum you are visitingsuddenly caught fire, which two (2) pieces of art or exhibits would youmost want to see saved from the fire? (2) Why would you choose those two(2) particular pieces? Attending a Performance Checkyour local colleges to see if there are any free or low-costperformances or student recitals. Student performances are generally ofalmost the same quality as professional performances, but typically costmuch less. However, performances of high school level or lower will notmeet this requirement. Try to do a quality performance that fits the class subject matter well. Sorry—butthis is not for pop music or rock music, rap, country music, gospelmusic, comedy routines, your kid’s dance recital, your internationalfriend’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. Anyquestions about whether a performance activity fits the course andassignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when thestudent seeks approval for an activity. Any alternative activity outsidethe normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability ordistance, will be determined by the instructor. Normally, we do notexpect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity. Unlikevisiting a museum, where you can wear almost anything, people attendingperformances are often expected to “dress up” a bit.Take apen or pencil with you and accept the program you are offered by theusher; you will probably want to take notes on it during or after theperformance.Turn off your cell phone before entering theauditorium. Do not use your phone to record the music or to takepictures or videos. To play it safe, turn the phone off. Mostlong musical performances have at least one (1) intermission. If thelights start blinking, it is the sign that the performance is about tobegin. Look for very specific things (such as a particularpiece of music or the way certain instruments sounded at a specifictime) which tend to stand out as either enjoyable or not enjoyable. Besure to take notes of the things which you find enjoyable as well as thethings which are not enjoyable. Note:If a student is unable to attend a cultural event in person due tocircumstances beyond the student’s control, then the instructor willrecommend 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 orhave no means of transportation. Experience shows most museums andactivities are modest in cost and manageable for students, and you willoften see students from other universities there on similar courseprojects. If you are facing financial hardship, keep in mind that manymuseums have a free day each week and performance discounts are oftenavailable for students and veterans, among others. Feel free to ask yourinstructor to help with finding low-cost options. If you believethat you have a legitimate reason for attending a “virtual” activity,you must contact the instructor no later than Week 5 for your request tobe considered. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Betyped, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), withone-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APAStyle format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.(Note: Students can find APA style materials locatedin the Additional Resources section of their Student Center within theircourse shell for reference)Include a cover page containingthe title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name,the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference pageare not included in the required assignment page length.
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