PBS to Air Documentary On Asia Society’s New Headquarters

HOUSTON, February 16, 2012 — Shooting is under way on a 30-minute PBS documentary telling the story of Asia Society Texas Center and the making of its new home. Texas Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with HoustonPBS, is producing the video, which is expected to air this fall on HoustonPBS Channel 8 and on other PBS stations in the state.

The third episode of Texas Foundation for the Arts' award-winning Houston Arts Television series, the documentary will explore the history of the Texas Center and of Asia Society globally and highlight the "can do" spirit that has brought the ambitious building project to fruition. The 40,000-square-foot Center, designed by the distinguished Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, opens to the public April 14.

Foundation Executive Director Kim Lykins and producer Jim Bailey were on hand at a recent open house to record Houston architects' enthusiasm for the completed building. They will also interview Asia Society Texas Center Board members and supporters, and shoot during the four-day Grand Opening, which begins on April 12 with the Tiger Ball 2012, continues on April 13 with a members-only Spotlight Asia party, and concludes with the April 14-15 Open House and First Look Festival.

Since 2001 Texas Foundation for the Arts has showcased Texas arts, culture and history through documentary projects that include The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses (2004) and Galveston Island (2010). The first two episodes of the Houston Arts Television series focused on Houston artists and architects.


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