Why do I need to attend arts and cultural events?
The Honors Program believes in the role of creative expression as an interpretative mode that provides students with another way of knowing themselves, their community and the world. The Honors Program seeks to use New York City as a laboratory for learning, so that students engage in an active, reflective fashion with New York City’s rich cultural resources and institutions.
Arts and Culture Event - Requirements
Students must participate in two arts and culture events per academic year, one per semester (fall and spring). The Honors Program challenges you to experience a variety of forms of creative expression. If you went to the Met, why not try a poetry slam? If you are familiar with pop music, why not try the symphony? Or, you can build a sequence of experiences that takes you more in-depth around a particular interest. Whatever your choices, we encourage you to do it thoughtfully and with a spirit of exploration and learning.
Baruch Scholars: waived during the first semester of their freshman year
Macaulay Scholars: waived during the first two years
*Scholars who study abroad for a full semester will be exempt from this requirement in the semester that they are abroad.
*COVID-19 update: See below for a list that the Honors staff have compiled which outlines a few virtual offerings in order to assist you in finding an activity. The list is not comprehensive; students can explore additional opportunities and should confirm with their Honors Advisor if the activity is eligible for arts and culture credit. Currently, students must participate in virtual activities to satisfy this requirement. See CUNY guidelines.
Virtual Arts and Cultural Events
- Solomon R. Guggenheim
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Brooklyn Museum
- High Museum of Art
- The International Center of Photography
- Clifford Still Museum
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Ford Theater
- Smithsonian American Art
- Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
- Birmingham Museum of Art
- Princeton University Art Museum
- Newark Museum
- Nasher Sculpture Center
- Dixon Gallery and Gardens
- National Academy of design
- New Orleans Museum of Art
- The Jewish Museum
- US Navy Memorial
- Spencer Museum of Art
- Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
- Museum of Latin American Art
- Corning Museum of Glass
- Grohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Museum of the City of New York
- Blanton Museum of Art
- American Museum of Natural History
- Art Museum of the American
- Berkshire Museum
- National WWI Museum and Memorial
- Huntington Museum of Art
- Pomona College Museum of Art
- Smithsonian National Postal Museum
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Delaware Art Museum
- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
- Hudson River Museum
- South Austin Popular Culture Center
- Dumbarton Oaks Museum
- Oklahoma City Museum of City Art
- James A. Michener Art Museum
- MASS MoCA
- Museum of Public Art
- Rubin Museum
- The Frick Collection
- Virtual Museums of Canada
- African Ceremonies
- Museum of Jewish Heritage
- Yeshiva University Museum
- Japan Society
- China Institute
- Museum of Chinese in America
- Hoboken Historical Museum
Google Arts is an online platform/application, for which the public can access to high-resolution images of artworks within any museum that is on the platform. This application was designed for people who are curious about the world and its culture, it gives you a closer look for what the world looks like from a click apart at any place that you are.
Baruch Mishkin Gallery: Temporarily offering exhibits online
Lincoln Center at Home: List of ongoing arts-related virtual events
Museum Computer Network Blog: Extensive list of virtual exhibits
CUNY ARTS: Online events and resources
Billboard: At-home musical performances
Eligible Baruch and Macaulay events are regularly offered; you will find information on these events on the Baruch and Macaulay websites and newsletters. Typical Baruch and Macaulay events include:
- Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) events
- Mishkin Gallery guided tour (Faculty Forays)
- Harman Writer-in-Residence Reading and Discussion
- Honors Program-sponsored cultural events (for example, Faculty Forays). Please note, Faculty Forays are documented with a sign-in sheet therefore online submissions are not necessary.
- Honors Student Council -sponsored cultural events
- Macaulay Honors Program Authors Series, Macaulay Arts Night, and events available through organizations recognized by the Cultural Passport
Students may also select arts and culture events listed in one of the Event searches below.
- New York Magazine’s Event Search lists options ranging from jazz/blues to readings, theater, museums music and dance. Choose from Music and Nightlife (live musical performances), Readings, Art, Theater and Classical.
- From TimeOut New York choose Theater, Art, Music listings or, under “More,” Museum and Dance opportunities
- The Skint focuses on “Free and cheap New York.” Searchable selections include museums, opera, and half-price tickets. Sign up for the daily list serve of events.
Sporting events typically do not count as an Arts & Cultural event; contact your Honors advisor if you need clarification whether any particular event would count toward arts and culture event credit.
Documentation of Arts and Cultural Event Attendance
Documentation will be submitted using an online form for all events, both on-campus and off-campus. Scholars are required to submit:
- Basic descriptive information
- Event Name and date
- Advisor Name
- Brief description of the event
- Optional: Consent to share your response
- a ticket, program or picture of you at the event
- a reflection of the event that responds to at least two prompts below:
- Why did you choose this event and did it live up to your expectations?
- What did you learn from your experience of this event?
- What connections can you draw between this event and a course (or courses) you have taken?
Deadline to Submit Arts & Cultural Event Documentation
Required arts and culture events documentation for Fall and Spring is due the last day of classes for that semester. Students may attend events during the summer; these events will be counted towards past due events or the upcoming fall.
Arts and Cultural Events and Good Standing in the Honors Program
- Students are required to attend a cultural event each semester and submit documentation on-line. Timely submission of arts and culture events is required for good standing in the Honors Program. Students in arrears face potential holds on their records, which mean risk of losing first-day enrollment privileges.
- Written reflections are considered an extension of the academic experience. Documentation will be held to standards of academic integrity. False or plagiarized documentation will be considered a serious infraction violating the spirit of the Honors Program and Baruch’s academic integrity policy.