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ExploreAsia: Culture Camps for Kids

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:

June 8-12, 2015: Asian Dynasties and Empires celebrating Asia's storied past
July 6-10, 2015: Marvels of Modern Asia focusing on Asia in the present and near future

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.

Two scholarships are available per session. To apply, please download the application here.

Interested in volunteering for the ExploreAsia Culture Camp? The application can be downloaded here.

For more information, or to be added to the ExploreAsia email list, please contact Paul Pass at [email protected] or 713.496.9915. 

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Young Leaders' Institute

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: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Topics: Climate change, counterterrorism, energy geopolitics, and global health
Pricing: $175 Asia Society members, $200 Nonmembers. Payment is due upon acceptance to the program. 
Please download the program application here.

Limited scholarships are also available. To apply for a scholarship, please download the application here.

Applications are now being accepted and the deadline to apply April 8, 2015. 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.

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School Tours

We invite students and teachers in the Houston area to visit Asia Society Texas Center. School tours facilitated by Education Department staff 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 weekday mornings, Tuesday through Friday, for one to three hours.

Education Department staff and docents work together to develop materials and tours that fit 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
  • Art-making activities in the Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center

Tour Tips

  • At least two weeks notice is required for school tours and additional advance notice is requested for groups larger than 25.
  • School tours are free of charge and limited to groups of 85 visitors or less, including chaperones. A chaperone to student ratio of 1 to 10 is requested.
  • Many of the objects on view are delicate. In order to preserve the artworks for generations to come, we ask that visitors respect the art and remain at least three feet away.
  • School groups bringing lunches should keep food on designated buses.
  • We ask that chaperones avoid mobile phone use and completing school work, such as grading papers, while accompanying students during field trips. This allows Asia Society Texas Center staff and docents to fully focus on the quality of the tour and create the best possible experience during a school visit.
  • We encourage all bags to be left on the bus. If bags must be removed from bus, Asia Society Texas Center will designate a secure area.

Registration is required. For more information, please contact Paul Pass, Community Outreach & Family Programs Manager, at [email protected] or 713.496.9915.

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