Event Attendance Reflection
Select this option if you went to an arts event like a theatre performance or a visual art exhibition.
All event attendance reflections need to be submitted through myKU Portal! Save your work frequently or back up reflections in a word document.
- Event category, name, date, location
- Event Preparation: List a few things about the artist, author, speaker, etc. that you learned before attending the event and cite source(s) of information. (Optional but recommended if you are unfamiliar with the art form)li>
- What kind of art did you encounter? + What Happened at the event? (write at least 100 between the 2 questions)
- Identify some of the themes or key ideas present at this event. Give examples based on your observations to support your conclusions. (write at least 100 words)
- Can you think of alternate interpretations of this event? If so, what are they?: (optional)
- Answer the most relevant question in a couple of well-written sentences:
+ Did your prior investigation of this art event make it a more meaningful experience? Explain.
+ If you did not engage in a prior investigation, what would have been helpful/useful for better understanding the event?
+ How did a previous arts experience (event, class, etc.) help you better understand or engage with this experience?
- Connect this event to one or more of the following categories: yourself, historical or current socio-political issues, a class you have taken, other art you have experienced: (write at least 100 words)
- Art can often leave us with more questions than answers. Write one question you have after attending this event. (optional)
Tips on Writing an Arts Engagement Event Reflection
Attending arts events is a great way to be exposed to new ideas, to learn more about the world around you and to have fun. By completing a reflection after attending an event, you are also sharpening your analytical skills. Analytical skills are important because they inform your ability to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. We have created prompts to help you thoughtfully evaluate the information presented at an event and draw conclusions about this information based upon your observations.This video will give you an overview about how to complete the event reflections for the KU Arts Engagement Certificate Program.
Event reflection is comprised of three main sections: Event Description, Theme Identification, and Making Connections. We will cover each of these sections in more detail. A few of the questions are optional, and we will point these out along the way.
For the Event Description section, you will need to provide the event category by selecting from a drop down menu. Make sure to also type the name, date, and location of the event in the text fields provided. This is required information.The “Event Preparation” text box will ask you to list a few things about the artist, author, speaker, etc. that you learned prior to attending the event. Please cite your sources. This is an optional field. However, if you are unfamiliar with the art form you will encounter at an event, you are encouraged to fill this out. If you are not sure about what to expect at an event, consider reading through the event attendance tips on the Arts Engagement website. Other ways you might prepare for the event include visiting an artist's website or looking up a guest speaker’s biography before attending the event.
Describe your experience by answering the following two required questions: What kind of art did you encounter? and What happened during the event? When describing an event and the art encountered, aim to write a total of 100 words to address both questions. Pretend that you are describing your experience to a friend over the phone. Provide enough details that your friend gets a sense of the whole experience. For example, if you went to a visual art exhibition, you might give an overall description of the exhibition space and the type of work that you encountered. You might also describe in detail one or two memorable pieces that made an impact on you.
The next section is Theme Identification. Here you will be asked to identify some of the themes or key ideas that came to mind during the event. This is a required question and you should write at least 100 words. Make sure to provide examples based on your observations of the event to support your conclusions. For example, if you think one of the themes addressed in the exhibition was “home,” what did you experience during the exhibition that made you think of home?
Different people can have different interpretations of the same arts experience.
The next field is optional, but it offers you an opportunity to think about your arts experience from another perspective.
The third section is all about Making Connections. Here you will be asked to answer one of the following questions and consider what knowledge or past experiences helped inform your understanding of the event:
- Did your prior investigation of this art event make it a more meaningful experience? Explain.
- If you did not engage in a prior investigation, what would have been helpful/useful to develop a better understanding the event?
- How did a previous arts experience (event, class, etc.) help you to better understand or engage with this experience?
The last required connection question will ask you to think about how this art experience connects to: you personally, a historical or current socio-political issue, a class you have taken, or other art that you have experienced. Be specific and give examples. This is a required question and you should write at least 100 words.
The arts sometimes leave us with more questions than answers. The final question is optional and challenges you to consider one question that emerged for you after attending the event.
So that’s the overview for completing an Arts Engagement event reflection. Thanks for watching this video. Log on to the Arts Engagement website at artsengagement.ku.edu to learn more about our program.