School tours, facilitated by the education department staff and volunteers, provide educationally rich interactive opportunities for students to learn about Asian art, culture, and traditions.
These free tours are open to all public, private, charter, alternative, and home schools. Visits take place on weekdays, Tuesday through Friday, for one to two hours.
All school 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 (see attachment below for current options)
Application and School Tour Project Options
At least two weeks’ notice is required for school tours and additional advance notice is required for groups larger than 25. Please complete the school tour application below. Schools may select one interactive project from the menu below for students to complete during their visit to Asia Society Texas Center.
Asia Society Texas Center’s ExploreAsia summer camps return for the third year! The camps invite young Houstonians to engage with Asian culture, food, games, languages, and performing and visual arts. Two camps will be offered during Summer 2015:
Our 2015 camps will feature great art projects and performances as in past years, and new exciting additions for this year include the following:
- Comic art workshop, drawing from Indian and Japanese traditions, among other cultures throughout Asia
- Create your own journey of historic Asia based on iconic explorers, such as Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Zheng He, and Marco Polo
- Fashion design project highlighting modern designs across the continent
- Heritage project in celebration of exhibition The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America
- Story creation workshop featuring animals from Pacific Asia
- Voyage to America performance and workshop with Revels Houston
- And of course…Asian food!
Children ages 6-12 are welcome to attend ExploreAsia summer camps. Each session can accommodate 30 campers, so please register early to guarantee a spot! Registration includes a camp t-shirt, all supplies, and a snack for the end-of-camp celebration.
Early Bird Special (through April 10): $175 Members; $200 Nonmembers
Standard Rate (after April 10): $225 Members; $250 Nonmembers
Families registering more than one child and/or who are attending both sessions receive a 15% discount.
Interested in volunteering for the ExploreAsia Culture Camp? The application can be downloaded here.
The Young Leaders’ Institute is a week-long summer program that gives local high school students a deeper understanding of political, economic, environmental, and health issues in Asia and better prepares them for leadership in a globally interdependent world. Students will improve their skills in critical thinking, oral presentation, and writing through role-play as advocates, diplomats, and policy advisors. Working in research teams alongside mentors, students will develop projected policies and solutions for the challenges facing Asia.
Camp dates: Summer 2016
Topics: Climate change, counterterrorism, energy geopolitics, and global health
Limited scholarships are also available. To apply for a scholarship, please download the application here.
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 Education & Outreach at Asia Society Texas Center.