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Cultural Experience Field Report #2
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.
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
Name and location of the museum, site, or performance event. 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 film festival, a poetry
slam, an outdoor Shakespeare festival 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 (2-4 sentences) describe the general setting by talking a bit about
the location, the number of people there, the general overall "vibe" of the
Describe at least one aspect of the experience that you found especially
interesting. For example, you might write about a particular scene in a
play, costumes or lighting, a particular character in a film or play, in a
religious service you might note differences in the tone of the service or
interactions between leaders and regular members, 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 at least two tools that you have learned about in this
class to talk about your 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. Make sure you are
explicit in identifying the tools you are using and the learning resources
your tools come from. Make sure to inform the reader about the tool
through a quote or paraphrase from the learning resource. Then, make
sure to tell the reader how you interpret some elements of your visit with
Speak to a person at the performance or religious service, etc. Ask them
how they became to be involved in this cultural community and the thing
about it they like the best. Identify them specifically by first name and
what position they were fulfilling at the event/service.
Be sure to cite the learning resources you have used in MLA format.
Please see http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/mla_examples.cfm
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, or about yourself?
STOP: Before you hand in your assignment, ask yourself the following
1. Have I provided the name and location of the museum, site, or
performance event and URL, if available, identified the type of museum,
site or event, and provided a general description of the setting?
2. Have I identified and explained an especially interesting aspect of the
experience and used examples to illustrate reflections and to explain why
this aspect was interesting?
3. Have I identified the person I spoke with and their answer to the
4. Have I identified and applied two tools of interpretation from learning
resources to two different examples from visit?
5. Have I used examples to clearly explain the relevance of my visit to at
least one of the following: 1) emotion 2) human culture 3) self-identity 4)
6. Have I provided a list of resources and do all of my citations conform to
MLA 8th edition guidelines?
7. Have I proofread this assignment for grammatical, structural, and
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