- Lunar New Year 2023 Makers Market • 1/28 • 1-4PM
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and support local Asian American markers! Hosted at the Asian American Resource Center, this winter’s makers market is a curated lineup of creatives, from artists to bakers, jewelry makers to crocheters. While browsing the market, enjoy a nostalgia filled performance by the Asian Memory Project. Free and open to the public. Parking is limited. RSVP at the Makers Market Eventbrite page.
1PM: Doors Open
2PM-3PM: Asian Memory Project Performance
3:45PM: Last call!
4PM: Market ends
- An Evening with Tones • 2/9 • 7-9PM
Come spend An Evening with Tones, a cozy and casual night of music at the AARC on February 9th from 7-9PM featuring performances by Pam Reyes and E. Artifact, a short Q&A with the performers, and, to cap it off, a song exchange/open mic that is open to anyone in attendance. An Evening with Tones' goal is to open a smaller and more informal/intimate environment where musicians/creatives and would-be musicians/creatives can exchange dialogue, feedback, appreciation, and ideas. That said, you do not have to be a musician to attend and are welcome to come by to simply enjoy the music!
The open mic portion will happen after the performances and will be capped at 3 minutes per person. A sign-up sheet will be available and open mic performances will happen in the order of sign up. An electric guitar, keyboard, a microphone, and amps will be on-site for anyone to use, but you’re welcome to bring your own instrument as well. All open mic content should be appropriate for all ages and contain no profane language.
RSVP on the Evening with Tones Eventbrite page.
Pam Reyes is an independent singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas by way of Queens, New York. Pam writes songs to make sense of the world around her and to understand her many identities. As a first-generation immigrant, recently naturalized American citizen, queer woman—and more simply, as a human with feelings—Pam explores themes of love, loss, and politics. Her performances are an exercise in collective vulnerability. Her frank, bordering on dark, songwriting meets her stirring voice in a coupling that oscillates between dissonance and consonance.
David Alvarez is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Austin, TX. Their current musical output exists in the realms of jazz, soul, and psych rock.
- Bridging the Seas Exhibit Reception • 2/24 • 6-8PM
Straddling the distance between Austin, TX and Pune, India, Bridging the Seas is a collaborative exhibition showcasing work by the artists Supriya Kharod, Rama Tiru, Mithu Deb, and Manasi Joshi. Bridging the Seas represents the collective embrace of cross-cultural heritage, intersectional identity, and the transitory experience of Indian artists living and working in Austin, TX.
- Hyphenated Book Club • 3/21, 5/23, 7/18, 9/26, 11/28
The Hyphenated Book Club is back for a new year! Join fellow book lovers in the community to dive into works by authors in the Asian diaspora. From new releases by emerging voices to beloved community favorites, fiction to non-fiction and everything in-between, explore the diversity of literature from an Asian diasporic lens. All meet ups are free and open to the public to attend. All sessions are hosted in person at the AARC. See below for Hyphenated's reading list and meet up dates.
January 17 – 6PM-7:30PM - The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
March 21 – 6PM-7:30PM - After Parties by Anthony Veasna So
May 23 – 6PM-7:30PM - Making A Scene by Constance Wu
July 18 – 6PM-7:30PM - The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
September 26 – 6PM-7:30PM - These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany
November 28 – 6PM-7:30PM - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Register to attend the meet ups at www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com
- AARC Community & In House Exhibits • ONGOING • FREE
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
- Movement and Meditation
- ACC - ESL Classes • Starting August 23, 2022, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6PM - 9PM
ACC's free ESL courses help non-native speakers learn basic English for college or the workplace, or simply to become more comfortable with everyday communication. Check the ESL Class Schedule to view a variety of days and times.
- AARC 2023 Open Call for Artists • Deadline: January 22, 2023
The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) proudly presents its 2023 Open Call For Artists. The goal of collaborating with the Asian American Resource Center is to acknowledge our cultures and histories, to recognize our interconnectedness with ourselves and other communities of color, to build relationships and co-create, to connect through stories, and to celebrate our intersectional identities and cultures, as well as creating spaces of belonging and healing for Asian/Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. The AARC invites artists working in a variety of media to submit an application for select slots in our 2023 Exhibition Calendar. Applications will be reviewed under an independent panel. The top applicants will be chosen for exhibitions at the Asian American Resource Center. The top ten percent of artists will be further considered for additional exhibition opportunities.
Apply by January 22, 2023 on our AARC 2023 Open Call Application.
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 AARC Rentals at AARCrentals@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-1698.