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.
Asia Society Texas Center’s ExploreAsia summer camps return for its fourth year in 2016. The camps invite young Houstonians to engage with Asian culture, food, games, languages, and performing and visual arts. More information will be released in fall 2015 and spring 2016, but for now, remember to save the dates!
Session 1: June 6-10, 2016
Session 2: July 11-15, 2016
Session 3: July 25-29, 2016
ExploreAsia summer camps are recommended for children ages 6-12. 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.
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
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.