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The Crow Collection’s Sculpture Garden kicks off in full force with a street festival including activities, food trucks, guided tours of the Sculpture Garden, and entertainment galore! With performances every hour, the streets shut down to make way for a Dragon Dance with JK Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy, live music, and traditional Asian dance performances. Get the first look at what has been six years in the making. Share your experiences! #AdventureAsia
Schedule of Events:
Art Activities in the Garden
10 AM – 4 PM ǀ Sculpture Garden
Join Crow Collection educators as they help you create art activities that represent China, Japan, India, Korea, and Indonesia. Supplies limited.
Face Painting for Children
10 AM – 4 PM ǀ Flora Street
Have your face painted by the artists of Your Enchanted Face. Face painting will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Family Photo Booth
10 AM – 4 PM ǀ Flora Street
Strike a pose with your friends and family in this fun photo booth! Take the photo with you to re your day at the Garden Party and Street Festival. First come, first served.
Origami with the Keiki Club
10 AM – 4PM ǀ Flora Street
Join Isabelle, Katherine and other s 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 water wells in developing countries.
Family Meditation with the Kadampa Meditation Center Texas
10:30 – 11AM ǀ Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Families can learn meditations to relax body and mind, achieve inner peace, and develop a kind and patient attitude towards others. All levels of experience welcome.
Tours of the Garden
11 AM, 1 PM, & 3 PM ǀ Meet in front of the Crow Collection Fountain
Join master Japanese gardener, John Powell and a Crow Collection of Asian Art docent for an insightful look at the garden’s masterworks including contemporary sculpture from Liu Yonggang, Wang Shugang and Qin Feng.
Family Writing Workshop
Noon – 1pm ǀ Jade Room, 2nd Floor
Join instructors from the Writer’s Garret for a family writing workshop.
Young Dragons: Move Like a Ninja
Noon – 1 PM ǀ Sculpture Garden
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.
Art Activities with Studio Bella
12 – 2 PM ǀ Sculpture Garden
Join Studio Bella as they walk you through activities that focus on the various works of art featured in the Sculpture Garden. Supplies limited.
Flora Street Stage:
Dallas Kiyari Daiko |10 AM
Family Yoga with Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® | 11 AM
Rodney Parker and the 50 Peso Reward |12 PM
Indique Dance Company | 1 PM
The Bridge | 2 PM
Dragon Dance with JK Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy | 3 PM
In partnership with Kokusai Tosogu Kai (KTK ), an international non-profit group devoted to the study, research and publication of accouterments of the Japanese Samurai Sword, the Crow Collection welcomes collectors of Japanese Arms from across the world for an afternoon discussion in the galleries.
2 PM | Japan under the Shogun: Edo and the Tokugawa
2:30 PM | Japanese Swords: the Soul of the Samurai
3 PM | Jewelry of the Samurai: Precious Implements of the Sword
3:30 PM | Thrill of the Find: What You Need to Know Before You Collect
Admonition in the Garden: Chinese Scholar-Artists in Retreat
Karin Oen, PhD
In China, scholar-artists have a complex relationship with nature, which served both as inspiration and as a refuge for retreat from an unfriendly political climate. This talk investigates the intersections of art, landscape, and critical dissent in the work of artists from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
These lectures, part of a continuing series, introduce the permanent collection and selected exhibitions on view at the Kimbell Art Museum and provide background on the traditions underlying the major schools of art. The talk is free, no reservations, but seating is limited.
The Japan America Society celebrates the full autumn moon each year with an outdoor picnic, Japanese music, and haiku poetry. Although not commonly observed in modern-day Japan, the moon viewing tradition dates back to the Heian Period (794–A.D. 1185), when the evening was marked with poetry and music by court aristocrats. The celebration later spread to warriors, townspeople, and farmers, and became a harvest festival.
Bring a picnic supper, beverage, and something to sit on as no food or drink will be sold at the event or pre-order an Obento from Mr. Sushi for $18 when purchasing your celebration tickets. Alcohol is not allowed at Winfrey Point, a City of Dallas park facility. For more information, visit jasdfw.org.
Picnic | 6:30 – 7:30
Cultural Activities | 6:30 – 8:30
Program | 7:30 – 9:30
- Shodo: Japanese calligraphy instruction
- Ikebana: Japanese flower arrangements
- Tsukimi Dango: Sample rice dumplings and Japanese tea
- Stan Richardson performing seasonal music on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute)
- Kaguya Hime: Folktale read by Elaine Browning
- Texas Astronomical Society: Telescopes for close-up moon views
- Chris Gale performing on the ocarina
- The art of Haiku by Michael Moore: Write and read your own haiku
Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated throughout India and among Indians worldwide. Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs commemorate different auspicious events, but each is a moment of victory of good over evil, and light replacing darkness. The traditions of this holiday come to life with the opportunity to try your hand at rangoli sand painting, or put your dance skills to the test with traditional Indian dance lessons.