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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
  • "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. Learn more about the school tour interactive project at the link below.

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For more information, please contact [email protected].

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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.

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
Be the Change: Exploring Culture through Children's Connections 

Cultures around the world, including Asia, are linked by so many things—one of the most powerful being change. Just like our ExploreAsia campers, children across Asia are proactive, inspired, and caring members of their communities. During this camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn about challenges faced by their peers in Asia through the medium of stories—'real' stories of transformation. By actively engaging with these issues, not only will students discover more about social issues, which kindle their passion, but they will also create solutions of their own along the way!

Member Rate

Nonmember Rate

A 15% discount is available for families registering more than one child.


Limited scholarships are available. To apply, please click here.


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

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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.

In 2016, YLI focused on China’s global challenges, including: cybersecurity, climate change and energy cooperation, and military challenges involving the South China Sea. Please check back for details regarding the 2017 YLI Institute, which will focus on India. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Kleinkort at [email protected] or 713.496.9939.

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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.