Summer Camps Explore Asian Dynasties and Marvels of Modern Asia
HOUSTON, July 23, 2015—Record attendance at the 2015 ExploreAsia Culture Camps for Kids learned about the arts, cultures, and the histories of our neighbors across the Pacific. With a focus on Asian dynasties and empires in the first week, campers trekked across the Silk Road, explored Japanese shogun arts, discovered Mughal traditions, learned about Chinese immigrants' legacy, and sampled some of Asia's culinary delights. Highlights included a classical Odissi performance by the Kalangaan School of Dance, a virtual journey across oceans led by Revels Houston, Haniwa warrior creations from the Japanese Kofun period, and learning how to make dumplings and spring rolls for the entire family. The second session centered around the marvels of modern Asia, giving campers a glimpse into contemporary architecture, culture, dance, fashion, music, and visual arts. Best moments from the second camp session included a modern interpretation of the classical scholar's rock, exploring the creative style of Japanese manga, an interactive Bollywood dance class for both campers and their parents, and live animal visits by a spotted chuckwalla and a macaw from the Houston Zoo. Other notable partners were Chinese Community Center, the Consulate General of Japan in Houston, Samskriti Houston, and Whole Foods. The education and outreach team is receiving requests for information about summer 2016 and starting to plan. For parents looking to engage their children year-round and increase their knowledge about Asia, please visit our Family Programs page for a list of Creation Stations, Family Days, and family films."