Educator Programs

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Educator Workshops

Educator workshops at Asia Society Texas Center combine a two-hour workshop with a performing or visual arts experience. Designed for K-12 and university instructors, these trainings give educators a greater understanding of Asian art, culture, economics, government, music, and theater. Following presentations, participants will tour the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery or attend a workshop-related event in The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater. Participants will also receive applicable G/T hours from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT).


School Tours

Asia Society's Education Department is offering three different student tour programs tied to current exhibitions for students to learn about Asian art, culture, and traditions. These programs take a unique student-centered approach, providing an active learning experience that enables students to express their thoughts and engage in dialogue and activities throughout the entire program. Visits take place on weekdays for 1-2 hours.

Our Tours

  • FREE to public, private, charter, and home school students.
  • Funding is available for transportation.
  • TEKS-aligned with clearly defined learning goals for each program.
  • Tours are available in Spanish.

Ayomi Yoshida: One 1-Hour Tour Experience:

  • In this large-scale installation anchored in Japanese artist Ayomi Yoshida's woodblock printing roots, she investigates time, life cycles in nature, sensory memory, and nostalgia.
  • Students will immerse in this sensorial installation and analyze what surrounds them, making personal connections to the artist's culture and experiences.
  • Students will analyze how artists create original artworks from memories, imaginings, life experiences, and their surrounding community.

New Cartographies: Two 1-2-Hour Tour Experiences:

  • Featuring a selection of works never before seen in Houston, this exhibition delves into how contemporary artists are incorporating cartography into their practices.
  • In Experience 1, small group explorations and presentations will guide students in learning how maps define and help navigate different geographies and analyze the wide range of possibilities that maps offer to explore different themes besides geography.
  • In Experience 2, group discussion and individual research will focus on how contemporary artists are looking at globally relevant topics such as urbanization, economic migration, environmental change, refugee movements, and the persistence of colonial legacies.

Application

At least two weeks’ notice is required for school tours, and additional advance notice is required for groups larger than 25. For more information, please contact SchoolToursTX@AsiaSociety.org.

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Educator Resources

Asia 101
A collection of interesting and need-to-know information about Asia. Many of these essays have lesson plans.

Lesson Plans
Learn about Asia and the world through our free lesson plans. These lessons include rich material resources, and are typically short formative activities that take no longer than one to three class periods.

Mapping the Nation
Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.

How-To Guides
Schools are doing very innovative things to prepare students for the global innovation age. Asia Society found some great models, and shares them with you.

Publications
Asia Society's publications analyze big ideas in education reform today. Download them for analyses, models, and advice on how to reform schools for the global innovation age.

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