Adult Programs

Lifelong Learning | Tai Chi and Qigong | Chinese Classes | Architecture Tours | Art Tours


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 public programs will also speak to Adult Education classes.


Tai Chi and Qigong

Courses in Tai Chi provide a basic introduction to the value of Tai Chi for its 21st century practical applications to reduce stress and improve your health. Qigong, direct from the Wudang Mountains of China, is the foundation and predecessor of Tai Chi.

Jeff Fantich

Qigong with Henderson Smith: Two-Day Workshop
Monday, August 13, and Monday, August 20, 2018
Time: 6–7 p.m.

Tai Chi with Henderson Smith: Level I Wu Dang Mountain 18 Form
Mondays, September 10 – October 29, 2018
Time: 6–7 p.m.

Tai Chi with Henderson Smith: Level II Wu Dang Mountain 18 Form
Mondays, September 10 – October 29, 2018
Time: 7:45–8:45 p.m.

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Crash Courses in Chinese

Crash courses in Chinese provide adult language learners a basic introduction and foundation in Mandarin Chinese.

Crash Course

Chinese Language Class – Beginner Level I
Saturdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 17, 2018 (10 weeks)
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.

Crash Course in Business Chinese
Saturdays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 17, 2018 (10 weeks)
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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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.

Grand Hall


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

Click on the link(s) below to RSVP or buy tickets.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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 group tour outside of these designated days, please fill out the form below or contact Michael Buening at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org.

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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.

Zheng Chongbin

Click on the link(s) below to RSVP or buy tickets.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Please note there is no August art tour.

Saturday, September 8, 2019

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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 fill out the form below or contact Michael Buening at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org.

Schedule a tour »

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Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous support provided Karen Chang, the George and Mary Hamman Foundation, and by Friends of Asia Society Texas Center.