Museum Website Experience

ARTS 1301 Assignment: Museum Website Experience

Assignment Overview To complete this assignment, you will visit the website for the Dallas Museum of Art by following this link: DMA Website. The assignment is an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you have learned in this course by analyzing your experience of engaging with the museum website and discussing a selection of artworks in its diverse collections. Because the assignment is worth a significant percentage of your course grade, plan to spend significant time exploring the website, taking notes, and contemplating the many artworks you see. You will be writing about the museum and you will choose artworks in the DMA collection to analyze and place in their historical and cultural contexts. Allow at least two days to write responses based on your notes and to edit your document before submitting it.


Download and read the assignment instructions before you visit the website. Know the assignment requirements and be attentive during your virtual visit.

Save this document with your last name in the file title. Type your responses directly inside this document in the spaces indicated. Save often as you write.

Required format: Word .doc or .docx, typed single-spaced, in black Calibri size 12 font.

College level writing is required. Write in complete sentences, with correct punctuation and spelling. Proofread your document carefully to eliminate mistakes. Plagiarism = 0 = F. All responses must be in your own words.

Do NOT use any sources other than the course textbook and museum website. NO RESEARCH.

This assignment is divided into sections. Each section includes prompts and instructions. Follow instructions carefully. Write your statements in direct response to the prompts. Do not add information that is not requested. Use course terminology to the best of your ability. A concise yet thorough statement is preferable to rambling and padding.

The Dallas Museum of Art Mission Statement of the Dallas Museum of Art: “Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art. Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.”

1. The Role of the Museum in the Community (15 points) The Dallas Museum of Art presents us with a diverse collection of art from many different cultures and historical periods. Explore the entire museum, including the events sections. Pay attention to the world regions, countries, cultural groups, religious beliefs, themes, and time periods represented in the vast collections.

Write a long paragraph in which you respond to the following questions with specific details:

How does the DMA teach visitors to understand and respect cultural diversity? Cite specific examples from the website to justify your explanation.

How do DMA information and educational materials on the website enhance your understanding of people from other cultures and periods in history? Cite specific examples.

What role do you think the DMA plays in our community? In other words, what is its purpose here in Dallas? Explain why you think what you do.

In addition to exhibiting artwork, what other cultural events are hosted by the DMA?

Do you think the DMA website is user-friendly? Why or why not?

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