Upcoming Events

AARC Fall Exhibits Reception OCTOBER 22 • 6PM

Come visit the AARC to see four new exhibits and meet the artists, light refreshment and drinks will be provided. The exhibit showcase features photography exhibits by Amar Gupta, Peter Shen and Sherwin Rivera Tibayan, and sculptor Zoe Watts. The reception will take place outdoors, light refreshments and drinks will be provided.  Masks are required for exhibit entry into the building. No more than 15 people may enter the building at one time in 15-minute increments. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required. Tickets will be available at www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com.

Central Texas Food Bank Food Distribution OCTOBER  25  • 8AM CST

The Central Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry team held the first free and healthy food distribution at the AARC. The drive-up distribution will be held at the AARC every 4th Monday of the month from 8 AM to 9 AM, with the next event taking place August 23. For more information, visit www.centraltexasfoodbank.org or call 2-1-1.

Hyphenated Book Club: Multiple Dates

 Celebrate the contemporary works of Asian American writers and experiences in this year-around book club series. From new releases to community favorites, emerging voices to literary ancestors, fiction to non-fiction and everything in-between, explore the diversity of American literature from an Asian American lens. Registration information to follow.

October's meet up will be held via Zoom, 2022 meet ups to be in person at the AARC pending APH guidance. Register to attend the October 19th Meet Up at: www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com. 

See below for Hyphenated's reading list, meet up dates, and community partners.

  • October 19, 2021 -7PM CST- via Zoom - Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, with Hanna Huang of Austin Asian American Film Festival
  • February 8, 2022 - 7PM CST - In Person/AARC - America's Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo, with Tony K. Vo of UT Austin Center for Asian American Studies
  • May 17, 2022 - 7PM CST - In Person/AARC - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, with Gan Bei Gals
  • August 30, 2022 - 7PM CST - In Person/AARC - Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian, with Sona Shah, Manager of the AARC
Stories of Our Elders • Multiple Dates

Join the AARC, for a FREE multilingual,  story time series for kids, and adults, of all ages. Listen to stories about Asian American kids and their families meet the authors themselves, and partake in activities that share your family’s stories!  Parents, guardians, and grandparents are encouraged to join along.  Register at www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com. 

See below for the full list of dates. Each session is roughly one hour and a half long. 


  • Saturday October 9, 10AM CST – Eyes That Kiss in the Corners – Featuring a guest appearance by author Joanna Ho 
  • Saturday November 6, 10AM CST – Drawn Together – Featuring a guest appearance by author Minh Lê  
  • Saturday December 4, 10AM CST – The Most Beautiful Thing – Featuring a guest appearance by author Kao Kalia Yang 
  • Saturday January 8, 10AM CST – Leila in Saffron – Featuring a guest appearance by author Rukhsanna Guidroz 


Family Archiving Workshops  • Multiple Dates

The AARC and the Austin History Center invite you to take a deep dive into your own family histories with this FREE, hands-on archiving workshop series! Join experienced archivists, oral historians, and community memory workers as they answer questions and offer strategies on preserving your family photographs, documents, artifacts and stories well into the future. REGISTRATIONS COMING SOON.

  • Saturday October 16 10AM CST - What is Family Archiving and Why Does it Matter? - Featuring ATX Barrio Archive and the Houston Asian American Archive 
  • Saturday, November 20 10AM CST – Intro to Trauma-Informed Oral History – Featuring  Texas After Violence Project and educator Mohit Mehta  
  • Saturday, December 18 10AM CST – Archival Preservation 101 – Featuring the Austin History Center. Archival Kits available. Supplies Limited.   
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022 10AM CST – Storytelling as Memory – Featuring writer and facilitator ena ganguly  



AARC Community & In House Exhibits ONGOING • Registration Required

The AARC’s Community Art Exhibit Program displays artworks year round that celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage, history, identity and creativity of Asian American Pacific Islanders. Exhibits are displayed on a quarterly schedule. Learn more by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/asian-american-resource-center-exhibits

Ongoing Senior Programs

AARC staff is excited to start offering limited wellness classes at the facility and continue virtual classes starting August 30th. To register, email us at AARC@austintexas.gov or contact us at 512-974-1700 for more information. Learn more about the current class schedule, how to register, and modified operational guidelines by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/aarc-senior-programming

Current programming includes:

  • Tai Chi with Mr. Huang 
  • Gentle Chair Yoga with Patti
  • Ping Pong 
  • Senior Garden Group 
  • Tai Chi with Vince Cobalis or Gongxian 


The AARC is a public facility with free community rooms available for non-commercial usage and also includes rental spaces including the AARC Ballroom, Classrooms, Conference Room and Foyer available for public and private functions. The AARC is not responsible for the community rental and reservation events listed here.


The Calendar of Events provides a listing of events scheduled at the AARC. Only AARC sponsored events, confirmed rental events and public reservations are listed on the event calendar. Every attempt is made to provide accurate listings, but we cannot guarantee accuracy, service or quality of the listings presented due to unforeseen changes.  While we strive to be up to date, the information provided may not always be the most recent information. To confirm availability of space for a rental booking, please contact the event coordinator Bianca Galvan 512-974-1696 or bianca.galvan@austintexas.gov . 

Event Calendar