The City of Austin’s newest cultural facility is housed within the Parks and Recreation Department. This center represents a long-awaited dream for many in the community, and was made possible through an Austin voter-approved 2006 Bond Package for $5 million with a $750,000 investment from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Members of the local Asian American Pacific Islander community contributed pro-bono services for the design. The center opened to the public on October 1, 2013. 


Our purpose is to serve the greater community and we invite you to enjoy our spaces that are free and open to the public. The AARC features:

  • Ballroom
  • Resource Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Intergenerational Community Garden
  • Community Meeting Rooms
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Community Exhibits and Display Cases
  • Great Lawn 

History of the AARC

Image of the AARC Timeline and history about the establishment of the facility


Sona Shah
Culture and Arts Education Manager

Bianca Xoyamayagua-Galvan
Event Coordinator

Victoria Tran
Administrative Specialist

Michael Miyasaki
Building and Grounds Assistant

Leila Grace Pandy
Culture and Arts Education Coordinator

Van Doan
Recreation Programs Specialist

Rachel Stewart Chhabra
Exhibit Specialist

Fabian Duran
Public Event Leader


AARC Master Plan Updates

Master Plan Banner

Click here for the latest information concerning Asian American Resource Center Master Plan Update.