2023 Culture Camp for KidsVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Bedazzled Truck Art of Pakistan With Indus Arts Council
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Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, 2023
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
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Be transported to the streets of Pakistan with Indus Arts Council and explore the art, history, and language painted and carved upon the giant "jingle trucks" that transport goods between cities. Paint your own art in the Truck Art style while learning the Urdu vocabulary for the art forms and colors!
The "jingle trucks," coined by the U.S. military troops stationed in Pakistan during the Afghan War, have influenced activists, artists, and the fashion industry in Pakistan, with embellished pendants and chains hanging from the bumpers to create the jingling sound. Designs painted and carved on the trucks include calligraphy and fanciful paintings of flowers, hearts, peacocks, and more, all telling the story of the truck drivers' homes.
Learn to paint the Truck Art-style motifs and learn short sentences in the Urdu language, spoken in Pakistan, to describe the colors, motifs, and the story you choose to tell! No prior knowledge of Urdu is required.
Recommended for students ages 9–12. This camp takes place in-person.
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Cost: $325 Members, $375 Nonmembers
"[My daughter] liked every part of the week. She became bereft Thursday afternoon knowing that it would come to an end." — Parent, Summer Camper
"How rewarding [it is] to find a place that brings the best of so many camps [...] and is able to also showcase the richness of Asia and its contributions." — Parent, Summer Camper
"My kids were very happy all week; every day for them was so much fun. They made very good friends. They enjoyed and appreciated the service and attention they received from each one of the instructors." — Parent, Summer Camper
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Education and Outreach programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by Cathay Bank Foundation and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Friends of Asia Society Texas, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in exhibitions and public programming to Houston.
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Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.
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