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Educator Workshops

Educator workshops at Asia Society Texas Center combine a two-hour workshop with a performing or visual arts experience. Designed for K-12 and university instructors, these trainings give educators a greater understanding of Asian art, culture, economics, government, music, and theater. Following presentations, participants will tour the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery or attend a workshop-related event in The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater. Participants will also receive applicable G/T hours from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT).

Mandalas and the Human Spirit
Part I
Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:00-3:30 pm

Explore the history and contemporary use of mandalas and some of the questions that arise from putting ancient spiritual tools to new purposes.

Mandalas and the Human Spirit
Part II
Friday, July 28, 2017 1:00-4:00 pm

Learn about Tibetan and psychological perspectives on the mandala and learn how it can be a tool for spiritual reflection and self-exploration

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School Tours

Asia Society offers FREE school tours which provide rich interactive opportunities for students to learn about Asian art and culture, and an opportunity to grow in knowledge about the diverse world around them.

The tours are open to all public, private, charter, alternative, and home schools from kindergarten to college.

All tours and subsequent interactive projects are tethered to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and district curriculum standards. They may include:

  • Docent-led tour of exhibitions in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery
  • “Introduction to Asia” PowerPoint Presentation highlighting essential information about Asian art, culture, geography, and politics
  • Guided tour of the Texas Center and discussion of its unique architecture
  • Interactive projects based on the current exhibition (unavailable during summer months, June through August)

PLEASE NOTE: During summer months, due to summer camps, Asia Society is unable to accommodate requests to designated a lunch area for students.


Visits take place on weekdays, Tuesday through Friday, for one to two hours. At least two weeks’ notice is required for school tours and additional advance notice is required for groups larger than 25.

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For more information, please contact or 713.496.9915.

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Educator Resources

Asia 101
A collection of interesting and need-to-know information about Asia. Many of these essays have lesson plans.

Lesson Plans
Learn about Asia and the world through our free lesson plans. These lessons include rich material resources, and are typically short formative activities that take no longer than one to three class periods.

Mapping the Nation
Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.

How-To Guides
Schools are doing very innovative things to prepare students for the global innovation age. Asia Society found some great models, and shares them with you.

Asia Society's publications analyze big ideas in education reform today. Download them for analyses, models, and advice on how to reform schools for the global innovation age.

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Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center.