What is cultural literacy?

Cultural literacy means being able to understand the traditions, regular activities and history of a group of people from a given culture.
It also means being able to engage with these traditions, activities and history in cultural spaces like museums, galleries and performances.
Culture is how a group of people lives. It includes their language, arts, science, beliefs and practices, and their understanding of their environment.
Being culturally literate can help you understand, relate to and interact with people from diverse backgrounds that may be very different from your own. It can be especially important to be culturally literate if you are part of the dominant culture. Seeing, hearing and learning about how other people live can make you more culturally sensitive and aware. Learning about different cultures can open your mind to different ways of life.