Do you feel the need? The need for speed? Start by letting the Ma Jun’s china.porsche take you for a spin. Commemorate your visit with a photo in front of the traditionally painted, fiberglass Porsche 911. Fast cars not your thing? Practice your street art skills by adding your own origami creation to the Crow Collection wall. So you think you can dance? Take part in a performance by Orizon whose motto is “many cultures, one style.” If that isn’t enough to get you in gear, come dressed like your favorite anime character for a chance to win the grand prize. Finish your evening with an authentic Japanese sake tasting, but remember, don’t drink and drive china.porsche.
Game Activity: Carrom
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Learn how to play the traditional South Asian board game, carrom! Somewhat of a mix between shuffleboard, and pool, this unique and incredibly popular game is played all across Asia in countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Participate in our “After Dark” tournament and challenge your friends and others to see who will be crowned champion of the night and win a prize!
Art Activity: Elephant Making
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Using “Model Magic,” design, mold, and decorate your own Indian elephant. Revered as an important animal in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist culture, the elephant signifies fertility, strength, and wisdom; even the historical Buddha’s mother herself dreamt of an elephant right before he was born. Then take your elephant home and bring auspiciousness into your life!
Art Activity: Sand Rangoli
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Rangoli are intricate designs put on floors in courtyards or other significant sites in a home or public place that are made of colored sand, flour, rice, or even flowers. They are meant to ward off evil and invite and welcome Hindu deities into the space. Using actual stencils from India, make your own rangoli to brighten up your home!
Art Activity: Paper Dolls
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Decorate your own paper doll with Indian accessories, jewelry, and fashion. Choose from a wide range of clothing each with different styles and appearances as well as their own unique historical and cultural significance and role. Show your creative side while you see how art beautifully interacts with culture.
Indian Snacks with Sapna Punjabi-Gupta
8 PM–10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Enjoy authentic Indian chai tea as you sample some delicious spiced nuts made by Ayurvedic nutritionist and practitioner Sapna Punjabi-Gupta. Learn about the qualities and benefits of these tasty snacks with a short lecture about them, and take pleasure in an opportunity to view a traditional Indian tea set, tray, and cart. Also, taste authentic Indian biscuits, called “Parle-G”, commonly served with tea.
Taj Mahal Photo Experience
6 PM–12 AM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India and is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the world! Take a photo on a custom backdrop commemorating your fantasy visit there.
Traditional Indian Dance Performance by the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy
8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Located in Dallas, the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy teaches students traditional Indian folk dances as well as more contemporary forms and fusion. Characterized by graceful movements and incredible finesse, Indian dance is a unique blend of different cultures, histories, and arts. Enjoy this beautiful display as they perform two different segments of popular Indian dance styles.
Movie Screening: Re-Take of Amrita
9 PM and 10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Learn the historical and inspirational background for the Crow Collection exhibition Vivan Sundaram: Re-Take of Amrita as you watch a film about the one-of-a-kind life and experiences of Amrita herself. Drawing from personal interviews, historical accounts, and Amrita’s own works, this exceptional film will give you a uniquely insightful perspective not only on her life, but also on how her life affected others. Following the film, you will have the opportunity to view the works of our exhibit first-hand and see how her influences still live on. [Contains brief artistic nudity and some mature content]
Lotus Shop Grand Re-opening
6 PM–Midnight | Lotus Shop in the Belo
Visit the newly re-opened and larger location of our Lotus Shop and enjoy champagne from 6 pm to 9 pm as you browse the wide variety of art materials, books, décor, fashion accessories, gifts, kid’s items, and more. Also, don’t forget to check out the exquisite collection of beautiful jewelry by Mona Jain for sale exclusively at the Lotus Shop!
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This spring celebrate nature and wellness at the Crow Collection. Still your mind with yoga and meditation with Lotus Kids classes and the meditative practice of traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn how to create your own tea ceremony at home, and learn about “back to nature” experiences rich in Asian tradition, such as the racing of a human-powered watercraft-the dragon boat.
Young Dragons: Move Like a Ninja!
11AM-11:45AM Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Experience ninja games and activities that teach kids and adults how to think and move like a real ninja. Participate in safe and engaging introductory lessons on shuriken (throwing stars), katana (sword), bully proofing, and ninja balance. Taught by Randle Charles of Better Humans LLC.
Origami with the Keiki Club
10AM-11AM|Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Join Isabell, Katherine and other members of the Keiki Club and learn the techniques of folding paper and creating origami ornaments. These talented elementary aged girls use proceeds from their creations to raise funds for Living Water International (water.cc), a Houston-based charity that drills wells in developing countries.
Family Yoga and Yoginos: Yoga for Youth
10:00-10:45AM | Klyde Warren Park
Noon-12:45PM| Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Learn about the eight limbs of yoga in this fun and energy packed family yoga class. Yoginos: Yoga for Youth is an OHMazing trilingual, interdisciplinary yoga for kids. The program teaches strength, flexibility, balance, respect, and awareness of self, others, and the environment both on and off the yoga mat!
Face Painting for Children
Have your face painted by the artists from Your Enchanted Face. Face painting will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Family Writing Workshop
Noon-1:00PM|Jade Room, 2nd Floor
Join instructors from the Writer’s Garret for family writing workshop.
Tour of the Collection
1PM|Meet in the Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor Entrance
Join a Crow Collection docent for enlightened conversations in the galleries, and take a tour of the different works of art found in the museum.
Art Activity: Dragon Boat
10AM-2PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Originating from traditional Chinese history, dragon boats are long, canoe-like vessels that hold teams of paddlers, drummers, and a steersman who compete in exciting races. Held in memory of the ancient Chinese official Qu Yuan, during this time of year people eat special foods, recount traditional stories, and most importantly, race dragon boats. Come learn about their history and cultural meaning and try your hand at making your own model replica to participate against others in dragon boat races. You might even catch a glimpse of a real dragon boat!
Art Activity: Leaf Rubbing
10AM-2PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Create a leaf rubbing from a variety of leaves indigenous to Asia and create a beautiful array of leaves to display at home!
Dragon Boat Races
10AM-2PM| Plaza Fountain
Become captain of a Dragon Boat and compete against your friends and family in a timed race across the fountain to win a prize!
Story Time in the Sculpture Garden
11AM, 12PM, 1PM | Sculpture Garden
Chinese civilization spans thousands of years of history and over the course of its development it has spawned a rich and fascinating array of folktales and myths. These stories have been used to explain everything from the origin of writing to why people celebrate certain festivals. Come and relax in our beautiful sculpture garden as you learn of the tale of “Er-lang and the Seven Suns” and how he helped to separate our days into nights.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
11AM, 12PM, 1PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
In Japan, a special tradition was developed to create a calm and wonderful atmosphere for drinking tea. This tradition is called the tea ceremony. It is based not just on sharing a cup of tea with a friend, but on experiencing a special moment in a very relaxing kind of place. Join us for a Japanese tea tasting and relax with your family and friends.
Celebrate the healing power of art and community and find peace, love, creative expression, and Asian art. Take part in Journeyman Inc.’s spoken word experience that transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. If poetry isn’t relaxing enough, learn the fundamentals of Asian herbs, massage and more throughout the evening. As Buddha tells us, “Peace comes from within.”
Download the full schedule here: Peace, Love Asia Schedule
GONGFU TEA CEREMONY & SAMPLING
6–10 PM | Jade Room, 2nd Floor
The gongfu tea ceremony is also known as the Chinese tea ceremony. It is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. The original term gongfu cha literally means “making tea with effort.” Today, the approach is used popularly by teashops carrying tea of Chinese or Taiwan origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one. Enjoy an authentic gongfu tea ceremony and sampling provided by Kyle Stewart with The Cultured Cup.
ART ACTIVITY: BAMBOO POTTING
6–10 PM | West Plaza
Bamboo has long been the Chinese symbol for strength. Many admire the bamboo’s qualities of fast-growth and resilience. In Chinese, lucky bamboo is known as fu gwey zhu (fu: luck and fortune, gwey: power and honor, zhu: bamboo). The meaning of lucky bamboo plays an important role as a living example of the feng shui elements of water, wood and earth. Take a little feng shui home with you by learning how to plant and care for your very own lucky bamboo.
ART ACTIVITY: GYOTAKU
6–10 PM | West Balcony
Gyotaku, from gyo “fish” and taku “rubbing,” is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also became an artform on its own. Using fish molds, create your own gyotaku print to commemorate your prize catch here at the Crow.
WRITING ACTIVITY: HAIKU
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. In honor of National Poetry Month, become your own haiku poet and learn how to master this poetic form using a piece from our collection as your inspiration.
ART ACTIVITY: PAPER MARIGOLD FLOWERS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Marigold flowers are made up of multiple layers of overlapping petals with the petals getting smaller and more condensed towards the flowers center, similar to that of a carnation. The blooms may be single or double colored and can be varying hues of yellow, orange, red and maroon. In India, marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. It is known as the ‘Herb of the Sun’ and symbolizes a trust in the divine and a will to overcome obstacles. This is also why the flower assumes such importance on Vijayadashami, the day Lord Rama prevalied over Ravana, a victory of good over evil. Show your creative side while arranging tissue paper to make your own marigold.
PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON FREE TIBET CLUB
6–11 PM | East Balcony
The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Free Tibet Club is a cultural exchange-based group of students who use printmaking primarily as a means to fund education and sponsorship of Tibetan children, Drepung Monks, and schools in and outside of China. The students have designed prints that symbolize Peace, Love and Asia and will be printing their woodcuts on shirts and posters. Stop by and get a one of kind Peace, Love, Asia shirt for $5 or a poster for $3.
7–8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked zither, or musical string instrument. The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh. Among all Chinese traditional musical instruments, guzheng has the most beautiful sounds. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of a Chinese harp performed by Anita Hu.
PERFORMANCE: JOURNEYMAN INK
8 PM & 9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Will Richey and Alejandro Perez, Jr. (AP) engage audiences with their infectious and kinesthetic call and response approach to the art of Spoken Word as expressed through original stories, poetry, and song. Their mastery of the “Melody Memory Method”, known for its low risk/high success effects and interactive “see it, say it, do it” style, invites the crowd to become an instrument themselves through various rhythms and vocalized mantras. Their dynamic connection is not only shared through their Puerto Rican heritage, but in their desire to cross cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. They are the founders of DaVerse Lounge, were featured on the TEDxSMU 2013 stage, and have been nominated for a Dallas MasterMind Award for Innovation of Art and Culture in North Texas. Take part in Journeyman Ink’s spoken word experience, which transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul.
Celebrate a wonderful month of Asian holidays, including Buddha’s birthday! View a special birthday book that is an artistic tribute to Buddha’s image in art over the centuries, including pieces from the museum’s collection. Make traditional Japanese “carp kites,” and try your hand at leaf rubbings with one of Japan’s most iconic and beautiful plants, the Japanese Maple. And of course there will also be yoga, face painting, origami, and a writing workshop with the Writer’s Garret. There is truly something for everyone!