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. For more information, please contact [email protected].
The Human Experience: From Texas to the World
Asia Society Texas Center and Holocaust Museum Houston have partnered to offer a unique opportunity to students, with a focus on 4th and 7th graders. By developing a curriculum based on the concept of the “Universe of Obligation” we highlight the common threads of human identity, agency, suffering, and compassion.
The exhibitions in each of the museums will serve as the centerpiece to explore issues of both the past and present. This project will specifically focus on increasing literacy and effective communication of global issues. This day-long experience will tie into and reinforce themes being explored in the classroom through discussion, creative art and writing.
For more information, or to schedule a Human Experience Student Tour, please fill out the form on the Holocaust Museum Houston's website through the link below.
ExploreAsia camps seek to advance young learners' understanding of the world through fun, interactive, and meaningful activities. Dates for 2017 camps will be posted soon. For more information, or to be added to the ExploreAsia email list, please contact Sarah Collins at [email protected].
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:
- Investigate the world
- Recognize perspectives
- Communicate ideas
- 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 China and India. Dates will be announced soon. Please check back for more details.
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.