Why should anyone care about Art? Is it worth valuing and supporting, or is it just an expensive luxury for the wealthy? In “The Power and Politics of Art”, you will wrestle with the big questions of Art’s purpose in and value to a culture – including our own. You will experience the history of western art, from Ancient Greece to the 21st century, and examine its relationship to culture and worldview. Through on-site visits to artistic, historic and cultural sites in Rome, Florence, Vienna and Berlin, you will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and many of the facets of the interaction between art, community, and political power. In addition through the experience of living in major European metropolitan centers, you will become aware of the various cultural resources located in major cities, and develop confidence in accessing them, and also in using basic cross-cultural skills, such as using public transportation and functioning in places where English is not the dominant language.
Fulfills Global Perspectives OR Fine Arts Requirement
The Arts in Christian Worship explores the ways that the music, art, and architecture have shaped and been shaped by Christian worship practice from the early church to the present. Through on-site visits in Rome, Florence, Geneva, Paris, and London, students will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and study many facets of the role of the arts in Christian worship. The week spent at the Taize community in France will allow students to experience a unique Christian worship practice in community with young people from around the world. Highlights of the trip include:
• Exploring four of the world’s top art museums (Louvre, Vatican, Uffizi, National Gallery)
• Living, worshiping, and serving together with young people from around the globe at Taize
• Climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Florence Duomo for the best view of the city
• Exploring ancient Rome (Forum and Coliseum), as well as Christian churches spanning over 1500 years
• Attending a live performance of “Les Miserables” and a concert of the BBC Symphony in London
• Great pasta and pizza, gelato, croissants, bangers and mash!
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