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 beginning on Friday, July 3. Read more here. The AARC will be opened on July 14th, 7am-7pm for voting. Learn about Election Day Voting Centers more here (PDF).

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. 

Stay Creative! Arts and Culture Summer Discovery

Stay Creative! Arts and Culture Summer Discovery Online Program is an exciting exploration of arts, culture and nature, for children 5 to 12 years of age. Beginning July 6th children will engage in a week of programmed activities exploring new and exciting themes like Intergalactic Planetary and The Force of Nature.

Summer 2020 Exhibits

Summer Exhibits

The AARC will partially reopen our facility for exhibit viewing only via reservation. Our new hours will be Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm. There will be limited number of reservation spots in order to maintain the safety for visitors and city staff. You must make a reservation to view the Summer 2020 exhibits by selecting a day/time at our Eventbrite or calling 512-974-1700.

New Reporting Center for COVID-19-related Racism in Central Texas

Austin Asian Community Health Initiative (AACHI) launched an online reporting center to collect and track incidents of racial violence, adult harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying in Central Texas. People who have been directly impacted by or witnessed firsthand incidents of racism in Central Texas can report their experience here. The site was created in response to the rise of hate crimes and harassment amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is a collaborative effort between AACHI, the University of Texas at Austin Center for Asian American Studies, and City of Austin entities, including Austin Public Health, the Equity Office, Parks and Recreation department’s Asian American Resource Center, and Austin Public Library’s Austin History Center. Learn more here.

Share Our Story: Call for Submissions

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The AARC is calling for submissions for “Share Our Story,” an online series where seniors/older adults share favorite family memories. Staying connected with our families is so important during this "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order that we would love to share stories, recipes, and memories that inspire us during this time. Every other week, the AARC will pose a topic and ask seniors/older adults to submit a photo with a short caption or a short story. Click here to learn more.

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.