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.

Starting August 30, 2021, the Asian American Resource Center is open with modified operations, Monday – Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. We are also continuing to provide virtual events for the community. Visit our Events Calendar to learn more. View the Virtual Reality Tour of Asian American Resource Center.

Current onsite activities available:

  • Modified Senior Program (Registration Required)
  • Exhibits (Registration Required)
  • Outdoor exercise equipment (self guided)
  • Senior garden (self guided)
  • View outdoor exhibits (self guided)
  • Self-guided meditation in Zen Garden (Please call 512-974-1700 or email us at AARC@austintexas.gov to make a reservation)
  • Rentals at 50% Capacity

Visitors and staff must stay at least 6 feet apart. Individuals over the age of two are required to wear a face covering unless expressly exempted in Section 2. Restrooms and water fountains are not available for public use.

Current Events and Digital Programs

AARC Exhibits Banner Featuring a metal sculpture and a black and white photo by two artists

Out of Service

On March 17, 2020, in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin-area bars, music venues, and dine-in restaurants were closed. Service industry workers and performing artists have been stuck in limbo ever since— seemingly with no end in sight to when their workplaces will ever reopen. Amar Gupta’s photography captures this moment in the lives of workers who are the lifeblood of small businesses in Central Texas. This series examines the experiences of those affected by the local and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibit from August 30 to December 24, 2021. 

迷失之间 (Lost Between)

Multimedia sculptures by Zoe Watts represent the intersection of identities as an adoptee of color into a white family. Using images from both Chinese and American culture, Watts highlights the duality of being connected to culture by definition and the feeling of being separate from it. Exhibit from August 30, 2021 to January 29, 2022. 

AARC's exhibits are free and open to visitors by appointment. Visit www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com to make an appointment to visit or learn more about other AARC programs and events!

 

Senior Programs

Senior Programs Banner

AARC staff is excited to offer limited wellness classes at the facility and continue virtual classes. Learn more by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/aarc-senior-programming

 

Upcoming Event

 AARC Exhibits Banner Featuring a photo of a Filipino man sitting by the table and a family photo of two adult men and one adult woman

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan's Filipino American Navy

Photographer Sherwin Rivera Tibayan documents the lives of Filipino men who, like his father, immigrated to the United States and served in the U.S. Navy.  Through the constraints of portraiture, family archives, and views of domestic spaces, Tibayan captures the pride, dignity, and rootedness which empowers his own still-developing identity as a Filipino American.

AARC's exhibits are free and open to visitors by appointment. Visit www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com to make an appointment to visit or learn more about other AARC programs and events!

 

Upcoming Facility Projects

Water Quality Project

Virtual Info August 8, 2021 Recording.

Learn more and attend the info session here.

Map of AARC showing Water Quality Project

Phase II Expansion Plan: Performing Arts Center

This project focuses on the addition of a performing arts space and associated site improvements. Learn more about the Phase II project here

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illustrated drawing of AARC map for phase two