The Philadelphia Art Museum is the cultural institution topic, the > requirements are listed below. I will attach a few documents that should be > used to cite information. > > In this paper you are to give an overview of one of the cultural > institutions you are interested in working at this semester or choose a > cultural institution you find useful as a social studies teacher. You must > visit this site in-person for this assignment. Gather as much information > as possible from the website, the visit there, and other materials. Then, > respond to the following prompts: > 1) Observe the setting (physical space) and consider how it supports the > teaching and learning of history and/or social studies. How is the space > arranged? Are there slogans or other print materials posted? What images > are displayed? Try to locate a mission statement (i.e., is it posted or > written in brochures?). What does the mission statement convey about the > intentions and purposes of the cultural institution? > 2) Walk around and take a tour, observing both the artifacts of the > cultural institution (e.g., exhibits, paintings, artifacts) as well as the > people who are there. Comment on what you learn and what people seem to be > drawn to. > 3) Find out if there is an education director, or someone responsible for > outreach to teachers and schools. Try to chat with him or her. At the very > least, find out about the educational goals of the cultural institution; > what materials and resources are available for educators; what programs are > available for educators; etc. Check out the resources for teachers online > or in person. Give an overview of what�s available for teachers and how > useful you think it is. > 4) Be sure to note issues with the cultural institution and recommendations > for other teachers in your conclusion. This should include at least one > specific example of how this cultural institution may be useful resource > for teachers. > > 1. REFLECTION PAPERS: > Reflection papers should be typed and 1.5-spaced in 11-point sized Times or > Calibri font. You will share your papers in small groups the day that they > are due and then hand them in at the end of class. All of these papers must > include citations from assigned readings in the course; they must also all > include citations from at least one source beyond our class readings. > Please cite in any format you wish, consistently both parenthetically > in-text as well as on a separate �Works Cited� list at the end of the > paper. Finally, all papers must include a distinct introduction with a > thesis argument that unifies the overall components of what the paper > assignment required. Philadelphia Art Museum Philadelphia Art Museum have been constructed on a large size of land to offer adequate physical space for placement of paintings, slogans, artifacts and other cultural materials. Moreover, the physical space in the museum offers the visitors adequate space for learning and undertaking researches. Philadelphia Art Museum is divided into various sections which comprises different categories of artifacts from divergent cultures (Anderson, 2015). This hence supports both teaching and learning of history as well as social education. Different categories of materials in the institution are sectioned into categories by taking into consideration source of the materials and the year used. For instance, artifacts from the ancient Egypt are in a different section from the Asian artifacts. Moreover, the artifacts are arranged based on the year they were used. Moreover, each section has its own study room where researchers can gather more information about the artifacts and paintings in the museum (Cameron & Mason, 2015). There are numerous slogans and print material posted in Philadelphia Art Museum. They helps in explaining different artifacts and paintings found in the museum. I noted several images displayed at various sections within the museum. Most of the images contained pictures of different artifacts, for instance, objects, pieces of clothing, paintings and people. Moreover, Philadelphia Art Museum has its mission posted in the brochures (Chu, 2013). The primary goal of the mission statement is to support teaching and learning of culture, history and social studies. Moreover, it aims at preserving different artifacts which are essential in study of ancient cultures in divergent societies across the world. While touring around Philadelphia Art Museum, I made several observations such as artifacts, paintings, exhibits and people who visited the museum. From my observation, I learnt that the museum is visited by people from across the world. For example, I noted there were people from Asia, Africa, Southern America, Europe, Australia and Middle East (Kotsimbos, 2015). I also noted that the museum materials from a wide variety of cultures. The museum also holds exhibitions where people comes to learn about different cultures and arts. Based on my observations, most people who visits the institution seem to be drawn by the artifacts especially objects from the ancient Egypt as well as Greek artifacts. Sections with those artifacts had large number of people compared to other sections in the museum (Millman, 2015). Philadelphia Art Museum has an education director whose role is to oversee how the institution supports cultural learning (Reid, 2015). Education director in the institution is also responsible for organizing outreaches to teachers and schools as one way of facilitating cultural education among different groups of people in United States. According to Philadelphia Art Museum education director, the primary goal of the institution is to foster cultural learning in learning institutions especially in high schools, colleges and Universities (Shaw, 2014). Moreover, the director denoted that the institution also aims at preserving culture and bringing people from divergent cultures, races and regions together. The institution also seeks to evaluate the interaction between modern culture and ancient culture so as to establish any similarities and changes. As I conclude, Philadelphia Art Museum is a facility that is rich in cultural and social education. I would hence, recommend teachers and students to visit the institution so as to gather knowledge about different cultures across the globe. Moreover, this institution has been well organized to ease learning. It also has modern facilities such as cyber to enhance easy access of information by leaners and other visitors. References Anderson, J. (2015). Reception of Ancient Art: the Cast Collections of the University of Tartu Art Museum in the Historical, Ideological and Academic Context of Europe (1803–1918). Cameron, A., & Mason, D. (2015). Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection:[exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, December 6, 2015-March 27, 2016]. Yale University Press. Chu, H. Y. (2013). Collecting Modern: Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1876 by Kathryn B. Hiesinger. Museum History Journal. Kotsimbos, T. (2015). From the Museum: the Art of Thinking. Summary 9-12: Expressing out. European Respiratory Journal, 45(6), 1542-1543. Millman, M. E. (2015). 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