Kids Club is a partnership among the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. By joining Kids Club, your family receives special benefits from all five organizations. To sign up, become a Friend of the Crow Collection at the Pearl level or higher today.
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.
This free program is structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners to discover fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
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Practice the Japanese art of printmaking at the Kimbell by making gyotaku prints. “Gyo” is the Japanese word for fish and “taku” is the word for print or printing. This specialized form of printmaking focuses on the depiction of traditional Japanese fish and their elegant forms.
About Studio Five 90:
Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. No advance registration for this free, drop-in program, although space is limited to 25 teen and adult participants. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, beginning one hour before the program.
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Celebrating its 11th anniversary, AsiaFest 2014 will showcase the rich cultures of Asia: Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in the southeast. The numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors will provide a fun and engaging time for your entire family.