Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Humanities at Gateway

Contributed by The students of Weaver Academy and the students of Gateway Education Center

Description

Every year my school allows it's students to participate in an arts fair called Gateway. The students get to share their arts with disabled children or children who are less capable of performing the same actions we are able to perform every day. My first year going was a little nerve racking, but when in the element I was able to truly appreciate and understand the true meaning of why we go. Seeing children whose faces were elated at the sound of a note or seeing them jump around to a favorite tune I was playing seriously made me consider so much and take a step back. It reminded me of why I love to perform for others and it reinforced the value of my talent. It was extremely rewarding to see some children play some notes on the keyboard and be ecstatic, not even wanting to leave the room. Some cried, some laughed, some were just peaceful, but I was overjoyed. I was able to connect with a lot of them on a personal level, learn names, and share stories. This opportunity made me want to become a music therapist so that I am able to share my talent and help others at the same time. It changed my perspective on the world and opened my eyes to be more grateful for things I have and am able to do.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

It is a humanities moment because it has changed the way I view things drastically. There is a stigma about people are mentally handicapped or even physically handicapped that is unfair. There is so much judgement that is geared towards them that I felt I was able to break through for a short period of time. I am able to share this experience with new people I meet and share with them how the children made an impact in my life and how I made an impact in theirs. This humanities moment opened my eyes and showed me how blessed and ungrateful some of us are in the world. I used to take so much for granted so seeing some children cry tears of joy because they were able to accomplish such a simple task made me want to be more grateful for everything I've been blessed with.

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Humanities at Gateway

Subject

It is a humanities moment because it has changed the way I view things drastically. There is a stigma about people are mentally handicapped or even physically handicapped that is unfair. There is so much judgement that is geared towards them that I felt I was able to break through for a short period of time. I am able to share this experience with new people I meet and share with them how the children made an impact in my life and how I made an impact in theirs. This humanities moment opened my eyes and showed me how blessed and ungrateful some of us are in the world. I used to take so much for granted so seeing some children cry tears of joy because they were able to accomplish such a simple task made me want to be more grateful for everything I've been blessed with.

Description

Every year my school allows it's students to participate in an arts fair called Gateway. The students get to share their arts with disabled children or children who are less capable of performing the same actions we are able to perform every day. My first year going was a little nerve racking, but when in the element I was able to truly appreciate and understand the true meaning of why we go. Seeing children whose faces were elated at the sound of a note or seeing them jump around to a favorite tune I was playing seriously made me consider so much and take a step back. It reminded me of why I love to perform for others and it reinforced the value of my talent. It was extremely rewarding to see some children play some notes on the keyboard and be ecstatic, not even wanting to leave the room. Some cried, some laughed, some were just peaceful, but I was overjoyed. I was able to connect with a lot of them on a personal level, learn names, and share stories. This opportunity made me want to become a music therapist so that I am able to share my talent and help others at the same time. It changed my perspective on the world and opened my eyes to be more grateful for things I have and am able to do.

Date

Early April of 2017

Contributor

The students of Weaver Academy and the students of Gateway Education Center

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