Asian American Resource Center Opens

Sep 25, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Discover Austin’s beautiful Asian American Resource Center at its grand opening on Saturday, September 28.  The AARC, an important new cultural destination for Northeast Austin and our Asian-heritage community, is at 8401 Cameron Road.  At the celebration, from 10am – 4pm, enjoy an outdoor street festival as well as indoor performances and entertainment for all ages.   Plus, see Lotus, a major outdoor sculpture by Austin artists Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter.

The City’s new resource center, many years in the planning, provides a special place for Austinites to celebrate varied Asian American cultures, heritage and art.  An architectural gem, it was created by a team of local design talent and other firms.

Programming will include top-notch Asian and Asian-American programs, education and public talks, cultural festivals, art exhibition, and programs to advance Asian-American economic interests and global connections. Asian American Resource CenterIts location, just north of 183 and east of I-35, is near the heart of a diverse and growing Asian-American community in Austin.

At the grand opening, the lively street festival will feature a music stage, community information booths, vendors, children’s activities, and performers.  The indoor stage in the grand ballroom will feature a variety of pan-Asian performances and entertainment.  

The major sculpture Lotus, sited in the entrance plaza, features 9-foot tall, hand-carved granite "petals" encircling a 12-foot diameter mosaic lotus flower. The lotus flower has a special cultural importance in many Asian countries. Austin Art in Public Places commissioned the local artists to create the site-specific work.

Visitors can also tour the resource center (which can be rented for private functions). It features nine classrooms, library/computer lab, conference room, assembly hall, and cultural exhibitions/display spaces.  Design and construction of the AARC was funded by the City of Austin, the federal government, and private donations. Read more here.