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School Tours

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 and Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall
  • "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 (unavailable during summer months, June through August

PLEASE NOTE: During summer months, due to summer camps, Asia Society is unable to accommodate requests to designate a lunch area for students.


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

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ExploreAsia Summer Camps

ExploreAsia camps seek to advance young learners' understanding of the world through fun, interactive, and meaningful activities. Camps are designed to engage students with Asian art, culture, and history. This year join us as we create comics, build shadow puppets, design video games, cook yummy recipes, and put on a play!  For more information, or to be added to the ExploreAsia email list, please contact Michael Buening at

2018 Camp dates:

Monday – Friday, June 4-8 | Video Game Maker with Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Monday – Friday, June 18-22 | Manga POP!
Monday – Friday, June 25-29 | Storytelling Traditions
Monday – Friday, July 9-13 | 
Superheroes of Asia
Monday – Friday, July 23-27 | 
Shadow Puppetry
Monday – Friday, August 6-10 | 
Amazing Asian Eats

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Young Leaders Institute

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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:

  1. Investigate the world
  2. Recognize perspectives
  3. Communicate ideas
  4. 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.

An application is required to be admitted to the program. Please check back for 2018 YLI updates.

Session 1: China | Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15
Session 2: India | Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Session 3: Middle East | Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3

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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.