Asian American Resource Center Building

The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the AARC will be closed to the public. Read more here.

Stay Creative! Arts and Culture Summer Discovery Program

Stay Creative! is a free online summer program featuring live instruction on Zoom and fun projects for ages 8-12 from all Museum and Cultural Centers. Online registration dates are from April 19 - May 16. Program dates are from June 7 to August 13. To Register, visit:

Digital Programs

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In light of the recent Stay Home-Work Safe Order requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the AARC is offering free digital programs for the public! From lessons and interactive arts and crafts to artist talks and virtual galleries, the AARC offers engaging programming every week beginning in early April.

CelebrASIA 2021

Catch the recording of our virtual CelebrASIA 2021 HERE. The Asian American Resource Center hosted our annual signature event, CelebrASIA, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 1st, 2021. This year's theme was Uniting Cultures to celebrate and honor our diverse and multifaceted Asian Pacific American identities, histories and cultures.

Senior Programs

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The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) senior programming is suspended until further notice. Check digital programing page for virtual activities and events for seniors.

ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Division of Museums and Cultural Programs is launching ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19. Sites including The Dougherty Arts Center, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, the Asian American Resource Center, as well as the Elisabet Ney Museum and Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, have commissioned artists to train in Social Practice and engage the community in an artistic response to cope with and overcome COVID-19. The program runs October 5, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

This year's selected ArtResponders Artists are Lizzie Chen and Kengo Hioki aka Peelander Yellow. 

Click here to learn more about the artists and their projects.

AARC Annual Report: October 2019 - September 2020

The AARC Annual Report highlights the center's past fiscal year's events, exhibits, programs, and the communities served. Translated text for the AARC Annual Report are available in Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Burmese.