Culture is the
arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Understanding the culture of a nation, people, or group—the
arts, beliefs, customs, practices, values, and social behaviors—lies at the
heart of HISP. By attending cultural events, a HISP student experiences
firsthand the diverse offerings of culture and artistic expression found in a
Education cannot happen just at school—it must go beyond the walls of the
classroom. Watching a play performed live is quite a different experience than
reading a play from a book. Through attendance at events, HISP students broaden
their horizons and gain unique insights into their own communities as well as a
broader global perspective of our world’s diverse cultures.
All HISP students are required to attend three cultural
events per quarter and to document their experiences using the
Event Reflection Form. Students submit their forms to their HISP literature
teachers no later than the end of each quarter. Parents and students need not
spend a fortune attending events—there are many no- and low-cost activities that
fulfill the requirement.
Students are encouraged to attend a wide variety of cultural events and, in that
way, gain an important glimpse into life beyond C. K. McClatchy High School. See
Cultural Events Opportunities for a list of
upcoming activities to expand your cultural horizons. Or check the HISP bulletin
board for postings of upcoming events.
For HISP purposes, a cultural event must be a “live” event
and one that is of high quality. Listed below are characteristics of what is—and
what is not—considered a cultural event. If you are considering attending a
particular event and are not sure if it meets your HISP requirement, consult
your literature teacher.
For HISP, qualified cultural events include:
- A live performance of music, dance, drama, or poetry recitation.
- A visit to an art gallery or museum.
- Lectures related to the humanities.
- Sanctioned activities of the HISP Council such as after-school activities or evening art performances.
The following are not HISP-qualified cultural events:
- Listening to music on a tape, CD, iPod, or other listening device
- Street musicians playing at shopping malls or other informal venues
- Elementary or middle school performances
- TV shows pertaining to the arts
- Restaurants with ethnic food
- Church festivals (regardless of whether music is involved)
- Shopping mall arts and crafts shows
- Art work displayed in a restaurant or business other than a gallery or museum
After attending a cultural event, a student must write a
reflective piece about the experience. Each student should check with his or her
literature teacher for due dates and specific grading criteria. Using the
Reflection Form, present the following:
1. Give a brief
description of the event.
you did (“I went to the Andy Warhol
exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum.”) and
Attach a ticket stub, program, or
brochure, if possible.
2. Explain why you chose to
attend the event. Make a connection
between the event and the events in your
own life, the world around you, or
something about which you are learning
Relate what you thought of the museum
exhibit, play, dance, or poetry reading.
How did it make you feel? How did it
relate to your studies, your life, your
dreams, and your ambitions? Do
that you were tired or your feet hurt or
there was an annoying person reading all
the little signs at the museum—write
about how you reacted aesthetically or
emotionally to your experience.
3. Explain what you liked or
disliked about the event and why.
Would you recommend the event to a
friend? Why or why not?
Each literature teacher has the right to require specific
criteria with regard to attendance at cultural events. What is standard and
uniform among HISP classes is the number of events required—three per quarter. A
HISP student should always defer questions about cultural events to his or her
For many HISP students, summer presents both time and
opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural events—from nearby venues to
faraway travel locations. During the summer, HISP students may earn credit for
up to six cultural events and apply those to the fall semester (first two
quarters of the school year). Cultural events for the spring semester (last two
quarters of the school year) must be done during that semester.