The minor in Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts provides students with an academic grounding in the study of cultural heritage, public culture and the arts (such as tourist sites, museums, music performances, and festivals). The curriculum gives students an understanding of the economic and social importance of culture and arts programs, while providing a space for critical inquiry into the nature of cultural production, agency, and the politics of arts administration.
MINOR IN CULTURAL HERITAGE STUDIES AND PUBLIC ARTS
Students in the program will gain knowledge of public sector arts and culture from three perspectives:
- An academic grounding in the study of heritage, including the field of heritage studies; heritage policies, cultural production and representation, and tourism development.
- Training in collection and documentation of cultural experiences, including training in ethnographic fieldwork practices, interview techniques, audio-visual collection best practices, museum and event exhibits, and issues in archives and digital storage.
- Hands-on experience through a community-based internship wherein students participate in the workings of local museums, arts organizations, or cultural tourism productions as a means practicing public sector work or arts management.
Upon completion of the program, students are generally prepared for entry-level, professional positions in public sector arts and non-profit organizations as well as continued study of culture, tourism, and public arts at the graduate level. A minor in Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts involves a total of 18 credit hours.
INTRODUCTION TO HERITAGE STUDIES AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Heritage sites have significant cultural, social, and economic impacts through historic preservation efforts and cultural tourism developments. This course presents an overview of cultural tourism and heritage studies and will provide the basis for critical inquiry into the nature of tourism and economic development, cultural production, heritage designations, and the politics and management of cultural assets. Three hours a week. Three credit hours.
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SECTOR ARTS
This course introduces students to public sector arts and the foundations of arts administration through a variety of issues that those in the field of public sector arts engage in, including documentation, public programs and exhibits, grant writing, non-profit management, marketing, and community involvement. Three hours a week. Three credit hours.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC AND CULTURE
This course examines selected musical traditions from across the globe and provides an introduction to the field of ethnomusicology. Music is explored as cultural expression, intensely invested with artistic, social, political, and economic meanings. More than entertainment, or mere notes on a printed page, music comes alive through an understanding of the people who create and express it. Three hours a week. Three credit hours.
DOCUMENTING CULTURE: ETHNOGRAPHY AND ORAL HISTORY
This course focuses on ethnographic methods such as fieldwork, interviewing, audio-visual collection, and archival best practices. The aim is to discuss theories and strategies for collecting and documenting cultural and artistic traditions. Three hours a week. Three credit hours.
EXHIBITING CULTURE: PUBLIC SECTOR ARTS PRODUCTION
The Exhibiting Culture course focuses on the public sector production of the arts. This course will provide opportunities to practice methods of public arts work, including collection and documentation, museum and event exhibits, documentary production, and issues in archives and digital storage. Three hours a week. Three credit hours.
Internships are arranged with the student to work at their choice of cultural tourism site or arts organization, including the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Heartwood: Southwest Virginia Artisan Gateway, the William King Regional Arts Center, Bristol Motor Speedway, the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail, the Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain, the Blue Ridge Folklife Center, the VA Commission for the Arts and other similar organizations. Students may opt to complete an academic project or prepare an exhibition in lieu of (or in addition to) an internship experience. One – three credit hours. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. May be repeated up to three credit hours.
For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Jessica Turner, coordinator for the Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts Program via email at email@example.com or phone (276) 466-7191.