Adult Programs

Lifelong Learning | Architecture Tours | Art Tours

 

Lifelong Learning

Asia Society Texas Center’s Adult Education Program provides affordable instruction on a wide variety of Asian topics. The goal is to engage the adult community and increase knowledge of Asian arts, culture, history, politics, and customs.

The Texas Center works with partners from across the Houston educational community. Class instructors may come from local universities, nonprofits, community centers, and businesses. When available, experts visiting Houston to speak at the Center's public programs will also speak to Adult Education classes.

Business Protocol Training—China
Dynamic, interactive training opportunities are available to prepare your staff for the challenges of doing business in and with China. Click here to learn more.

Crash Courses in Chinese

Beginner I
This course provides a basic introduction in Mandarin Chinese including pronunciation, tones, and simple conversation. No previous knowledge required.
Mondays, September 14 - November 16, 2015
6:30 -8:30 pm

Beginner II
This course addresses grammar and conversation and is intended for those who have completed Beginner I or the equivalent.
Mondays, September 16 - November 18, 2015
6:30 -8:30 pm

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Architecture Tours

Guided tours of Asia Society Texas Center provide opportunities to see Yoshio Taniguchi's first free-standing structure in the United States. They focus on the materials, influences, and ambience of the building and are free for Members, $5 for Nonmembers.

Tour stops will include:

  • The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
  • Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center
  • Elkins Foundation Water Garden
  • Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall
  • The Water Garden Terrace

Future Dates

Tour Tips

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour. Groups arriving more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time should remain in our Grand Hall until tour staff and docents are ready. Latecomers may join the tour in progress.
  • Tours last approximately 60 minutes and involve a minimal amount of walking. Wheelchair access is available throughout the building.
  • Photography without flash is permitted for all current exhibitions. Photography permission for future exhibitions is dependent on agreements between loaning institutions and Asia Society Texas Center exhibitions staff.

To schedule a school or group tour outside of these designated days, please contact Paul Pass, Community Outreach and Family Programs Manager at 713.496.9915 or [email protected].

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Art Tours

Docent-led tours of Asia Society Texas Center’s exhibitions allow visitors to experience art on a personal level, learn about art historical periods and styles, and hear stories associated with the artwork. Art tours are free for Members, $5 for Nonmembers.

Future Dates

  • August 1, 2015
  • September 19, 2015
  • October 10, 2015
  • November 14, 2015
  • December 5, 2015

Tour Tips

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour. Groups arriving more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time should remain in our Grand Hall until tour staff and docents are ready. Latecomers may join the tour in progress.
  • Tours last approximately 60 minutes and involve a minimal amount of walking. Wheelchair access is available throughout the building.
  • Photography without flash is permitted for all current exhibitions. Photography permission for future exhibitions is dependent on agreements between loaning institutions and Asia Society Texas Center exhibitions staff.
  • All food and beverages are prohibited in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery.

To schedule a school or group tour outside of these designated days, please contact Paul Pass, Community Outreach and Family Programs Manager at 713.496.9915 or [email protected].

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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 Education & Outreach at Asia Society Texas Center.