Assignments – Session I – Week 1

Required Reading – Text/Articles/Online

Discussion Board

  • Greet the Class
  • Essay – What Art Is Not
  • Mission Statement



1. Online Profile: Complete your Fionn Zarubica Learn online profile 

2. Forum: Greet the Class

  • Greet the class and tell us your name, where you are from and what your interests are with regard to this class by Monday At Midnight (CET)


1. Class Discussion: Developing a Code of Ethics

  • Read assigned document and be prepared to discuss.

Developing a Code of Ethics

2. Forum: Greet The Class

  • Post a response to your classmates on the Greet The Class Forum by Tuesday At Midnight (CET)


1. Class Discussion: Can You Have Too Many Treasures?

2. Forum: What Art Is Not

  • There is no absolute answer to this question because there are a lot of ways to think about and approach art, and each of us, with our various frames of reference and backgrounds, is able to bring something unique to the table. We are going to take an apophatic (from the Greek apophatikos – a knowledge obtained through negation) approach to this assignment. That means that you need to tell me what art is not without EVER saying anything about what it is.
  • To be written in prose or poetic form, but no bullet points.
  • 200 – 250 Words
  • Upload the completed assignment in PDF format to the What Art Is Not Forum by Midnight Wednesday (CET) 
  • Be prepared to read and discuss your work in class


1. Class Discussion: What Art Is Not

  • Be prepared to share and discuss your essay What Art Is Not with the class

2. Forum: Comments On Your Classmates’ Essays “What Art Is Not”

  • Post a response to at least two of your classmates’ essays on the What Art Is Not Forum by Thursday at Midnight (CET)


1. Class Discussion: Reflecting on the Week

  • Based on the discussions this week, tell us your reactions to the definitions and associations proposed in the lectures in light of your background in this field. Please be specific and give specific examples. If you have hands-on experience in this field, share your real-world experiences with us. If you don’t have working experience in this field share what surprised or confused you.
  • Tell us what changes you would like to see in the museum world, how they are being obstructed and how we might manifest them.
  • Please make sure you think about it ahead of time and come prepared.


1. Forum: Mission Statement

  • Using the links below, go to the museum websites, locate and read their mission statements
  • Write a mission statement for the museum or institution where you work now
  • The statement must be between 40 and 150 words.  No more no less
  • If you do not work at a cultural institution now, create one and include a brief description of your imaginary institution
  • Upload as a PDF to the Mission Statement Forum by Midnight Sunday (CET)
  • Be prepared to discuss your Mission Statement in class and on the Forum and to answer your classmates’ questions


 A Mission Statement 

  • Reflects the strategic thinking of the organization’s leaders
  • Defines an appropriate role for the institution
  • Reveals the institution’s understanding of the environment in which it exists
  • The relevance of the role it has selected for itself
  • Its relationship to its constituencies

It should inspire while being clear and to the point and answer the following questions:

  • Who are we
  • What do we do
  • Why do we (the institution) do what we do
  • How do we do these things
  • For whom do we do these things
  • How do we make a difference in society
List of Museums

2. Forum – Museum Visit

  • Based on the discussions of the past week, prepare three questions in advance about the museum we will visit
  • Post your three questions on the Museum Visit Forum by Sunday at Midnight (CET)
  • Be prepared to discuss your findings (answers to your questions) with the class.