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School Tours

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 and Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall
  • "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 designate a lunch area for students.


At least two weeks’ notice is required for school tours and additional advance notice is required for groups larger than 25. For more information, please contact [email protected].

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ExploreAsia Summer Camps

ExploreAsia camps seek to advance young learners' understanding of the world through fun, interactive, and meaningful activities. Camps are designed to engage students with Asian art, culture, and history. For more information, or to be added to the ExploreAsia email list, please contact Sarah Collins at [email protected].

2017 Camp Sessions:

Be the Change: Exploring Culture Through Children's Connections
Monday-Friday, June 5-9, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Investigate social issues and challenges in Asia and explore the global impact. Student will engage in research and develop potential solutions to these global issues.
Recommended for students ages 9-13

The Dances of India
Monday-Friday, June 12-16, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Learn and perform an original dance piece inspired by traditional and contemporary Indian dances! Students will study the history of Indian dance, clothing, and costuming, and create their own props to use for the performance.
Recommended for students ages 6-12

Unveiling the East
Monday-Friday, June 26-30, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Discover the cultural treasures of Japan, Korea, and China. Students will learn about the close relationships and influences of these countries.
Recommended for students ages 6-12

Manga Style!
Monday-Friday, July 10-14, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Draw inspiration from popular Japanese comics to create original short stories. Students will explore manga’s dynamic images and complex storytelling, while also learning about the evolution of the medium.
Recommended for students ages 9-14

Oceanic Adventure
Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Dive into activities focusing on Oceana and the South Pacific islands. Students will learn about Micronesia and Polynesia and the trade of cultures and goods among the islands.
Recommended for students ages 6-12

The Dances of China
Monday-Friday, August 14-18, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Learn and perform an original dance piece inspired by traditional and contemporary Chinese dances! Students will study the history of Chinese dance, clothing, and costuming, and create their own props to use for the performance.
Recommended for students ages 6-12

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Young Leaders Institute

In order to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, students need to be globally competent. The Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long program intended to prepare Houston high school students for leadership in a globally interconnected city and world.  Students will engage in the four tenets of global competency:

  1. Investigate the world
  2. Recognize perspectives
  3. Communicate ideas
  4. Take action

Throughout the week, students will learn the value of collaboration as they work in teams, researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing our world. They will be mentored throughout the week by Asia Society staff and local experts in their respective fields.

An application is required to be admitted to the program, and the deadline to apply is Friday, May 19, 2017. Due to a generous donation, the Institute will be offered free of charge in 2017. If you have questions, please contact Saleena Jafry at [email protected].

2017 YLI Sessions:

Session 1: China
Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Topics for the week on China may include Chinese foreign affairs, cybersecurity, global trade networks, and social issues in the world’s most populous country.  

Session 2: India
Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Topics for the week on India may include foreign and regional policy, women's rights, the country’s economic infrastructure and development, population growth, and access to resources. 

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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 at Asia Society Texas Center.