Cultural Explorations Program
Cultural Explorations are student experiences, where applied, student-centered exploration align with culture and scholarship. The purpose of the program is to purposefully engage students in experiences and focused reflection to increase knowledge, develop skills, explore values, and develop students’ capacities to contribute to the Texas A&M University campus community and beyond.
The Cultural Explorations program promotes a positive and supportive climate by providing an environment that fully recognizes, values, and integrates diversity in the pursuit of learning. The program will demonstrates respect for individual differences, affirm and encourage pride in a variety of social identities, explore and educate about individual differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment, and targets various historically marginalized or underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural identity groups.
Houston for Lunar New Year & Menil Museum
This Cultural Explorations Trip will highlight Chinese Lunar New Year and other Asian Communities’ unique culture and traditions. This festival features cultural performances, food, multicultural demonstrations of cooking, henna painting, and craft sales including clothing, artworks, dolls, silk items and other gifts. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian food from 15 vendors, offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine and other delectable cuisines. This experience will expand students’ knowledge about Asian cultures and how they are woven into the fabric of Texas. We will leave campus at 8am and arrive back between 7pm-8pm that night.
Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 8am – 8pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Texas Independence Day Festival, Brazos Historic Site
This Cultural Explorations Trip will highlight Texas Independence Day. The Texas Independence Day Celebrations will take place at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. This event features live music, food, traditional crafts, musket and cannon firings, Texas A&M University Singing Cadets, and “The Birth of a Republic” historical play about the signers of the declaration. We will also explore the museum on site, which will illustrate the evolution of Texas over four centuries—both topographically and politically. Historical reenactors will set up a bonafide 1836 Texas Army camp where visitors can wander freely to learn how the soldiers and their families lived then. This experience will expand students’ knowledge about Texas Independence Day and how it is woven into the fabric of Texas. We will leave campus at 9am and arrive back between 5pm-6pm that night.
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 8am – 6pm
Location: Washington, TX
nd Japan Festival
This Cultural Explorations Trip will highlight the Houston Museum of African American Culture & the Japan Festival in Houston. We will first venture to the Houston Museum of African American which explores, interprets, and exhibits the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. We will then travel to the Japan Festival which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japanese-inspired food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai and more. This experience will expand students’ knowledge about Japanese culture and how it is woven into the fabric of Texas. We will leave campus at 8am and arrive back between 7pm and 8pm that night.
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 8am – 6pm
Location: Houston, TX