Assignments

Readings
For each session you will be expected to complete the weekly readings for the course.  Students are expected to complete all readings prior to Saturday’s class and have questions and comments prepared for each chapter, article and website.  The assigned readings are critical in order to have meaningful and thought provoking class discussions and site visits. Students are encouraged to bring to class articles and your own global experiences in order to provide a unique perspective to the learning experience.

Site Visit Paper
(Due November 19th at 9:30 AM.  Papers will be graded and returned the next day.)

Each student will be required to write a two-three page, double-spaced, case summary on at least one site visit or guest lecturer using one of the analytical tools covered in class. Students are encouraged to write using their own opinions with the assistance of outside resources and materials such as websites and articles.  This paper should NOT simply regurgitate facts found on a website or brochure.

Your site visit paper should address the following points:

  • Understanding of the mission and overall goals (in your own words)
  • The relationship with the community
  • Using your own informed opinion, how successful is the site in reaching its targeted community?

Final Project: Paper and Oral Presentation (Due December 10th)*

Final Paper
Each student will be expected to complete a final project at the end of the course that will allow you to further develop an understanding of the relationship between art and the community.  Utilizing one of the analytical tools we have utilized during the course, each student will be expected to provide a 12-page, double-spaced comparison between art that has been embraced and accepted by the community and art that has fueled controversy and rejection. The beginning of your paper should begin with the overall mission and goals of the entities discussed.

The second half of your paper should focus on ways in which the entity did or did not make a significant attempt to reach out to the community.  The conclusion of the final project will focus on whether or not you believe each entity has been beneficial to the community.  Site specific examples of the successes and failures of each entity and make recommendations that you believe would be beneficial to each entity.  Note: You should compare like entities (example:  a museum with a museum, a public art project with a public art project etc).  Should you wish to alter the focus of your final paper, please discuss it with the course instructor before you begin. You are encouraged to include visuals (brochures, articles, headlines, video, etc.) Include a bibliography and footnotes.  See a resource such as Purdue Owl for formatting http://owl.english.purdue.edu/.

Oral Presentation
On the final weekend of class, students will be expected to do a 15-minute presentation about their papers.  Visual aids are encouraged.  Students are encouraged strongly to use Power Point or Prezi. Please keep in mind that the presentation should be only 15-minutes in length.

Final Project Structure
I Introduction/Thesis Statement
II Summary of Project 1
III Summary of Project 2
IV Comparison Using Analytic Tools
V Conclusion

*Students who would like their papers returned must provide a self addressed envelope to their section leader.  These papers will be returned with comments by January 31, 2012.

Grades
Your final grade will be determined by:
Class Participation/Attendance: 20%
Site Visit Paper: 20%
Final Project:
Paper: 40%
Oral Presentation: 20%

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