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. Schools may select one interactive project from the menu below for students to complete during their visit to Asia Society Texas Center.
For more information, please contact [email protected] or 713.496.9915.
Entering its fourth year, ExploreAsia camps engage Houstonians aged 6 to 11 with the arts, cultures, and histories of Asia. Past experiences have included hands-on multidisciplinary visual arts projects, interactive performances from some of the city’s leading dancers and musicians, experts on Asian traditions and contemporary life, language instruction by community partners, and food demonstrations of Asia’s most popular snacks. For more information, or to be added to the ExploreAsia email list, please contact Paul Pass at [email protected] or 713.496.9915.
All sessions are from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Session 1: June 6-10, 2016
Trekking Across Asia: Exploring the Continent's Natural and Constructed Wonders
- Asia's Ancient Treasures
- Biodiversity of Pacific Asia
- Crossing the Himalayas
- Modes of Transportation
- Mountains and Deserts of the Arabian Oases
Session 2: July 11-15, 2016
The Many Faces of Asia: Exploring the Continent's Cultural Diversity
- Aboriginal and Indigenous Cultures
- Central and Turkic Asia
- Musical Traditions
- Oral Histories and Written Languages
- Peoples of China
Session 3: July 25-29, 2016
Details forthcoming late 2015
Early Bird rates are valid through April 10, 2016. A 15% discount is available for families registering more than one child.
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: June 20-24, 2016
Topics: Climate change, counterterrorism, energy geopolitics, and global health
For more information or to be added to the Young Leaders’ Institute email list, please contact Kelly Kleinkort at [email protected] or 713.496.9939.
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.