Programs & Exhibitions

Don't miss our engaging programming and exhibitions.  Check here often for updates.

SPRING 2018

Detail: The Sun and the Moon of the Peach Blossom Spring by Lo Ch'ingDiscover & Dine: The Poet's Brush & Galaxy Asian Cuisine

Saturday, february 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
umbc- center for art design & visual culture (cadvc)
1000 hilltop circle, baltimore, md 21228

Join Chinese art and humanities specialist, Connie Rosemont, for a tour of the exhibition, The Poet's Brush: Chinese Ink Paintings by Lo Ch'ing, and resume the conversation over a Chinese meal at Galaxy Asian Cuisine. Lo’s landscapes include familiar forms of the genre, such as mountains, clouds and rivers, as well as an array of modern symbols like airplanes and skyscrapers. Rosemont explains how Lo integrates themes of modern living into traditional ink painting.

SCHEDULE
10:45 a.m. - Sign-in at CADVC
11:00 a.m. - Gallery tour with Connie Rosemont
After the tour, regroup at for meal and conversation at Galaxy Asian Cuisine, 6219 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228.

TICKETS  (includes meal)
$25: Current members of the Asian Arts & Culture Center (Become a Member)
$30: General Public

Asia's Healing ArtsExhibition | Asia's Healing Arts

FEBRUARY 15 - MAY 19
ASIAN ARTS GALLERY, CA 2037
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Opening reception: february 15, 7:30-9 p.m.

Explore the diverse healing arts of Asia which are now popular worldwide: yoga, taiji, acupuncture, shiatsu, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda. Learn about the histories and philosophies of these traditions as well as their unique features, commonalities, global journeys, and how they transform lives.

Admission is free. 
Gallery Hours during exhibition: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed March 18-25. 

Shiatsu: Japanese BodyworkWorkshops | Shiatsu: Japanese Bodywork

Tuesday, february 20 and March 6, 3 p.m.
asian arts gallery, ca 2037
center for the arts

Looking for a fun and gentle way to enhance your physical fitness? Come learn the basics of shiatsu, a form of Japanese bodywork that combines stretches and focused thumb pressure on “acu-points” to help support flexibility, mobility, and pain relief.  Shiatsu is performed fully clothed making it a family-friendly, anytime, anywhere form of bodywork. Adding basic shiatsu to your regular exercise warm up and/or cool down can greatly enhance the benefits of any physical activity.

TICKETS: Free for TU students, faculty & staff (valid OneCard required), $5 for non-TU students and AA&CC members, $10 for all others

Workshop | Meditation

monday, february 26, 12:00 p.m.
asian arts gallery; ca 2037
center for the arts

Meditation is an approach to training the mind to attain a more peaceful and balanced way of life. In this workshop, we’ll discover a few ways to focus our attention inward to access the deeper realms of our being.

TICKETS: Free for TU students, faculty & staff (valid OneCard required), $5 for non-TU students and AA&CC members, $10 for all others

 

Family Arts DayCommunity Event: Family Arts Day

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, NOON - 4 P.M.
CENTER FOR THE ARTS ATRIUM AND GALLERIES

Drop-in for a day of hands-on art activities, dance workshops and interactive gallery tours all inspired by the current exhibitions in the Center for the Arts galleries and Asian Arts and Culture Center. The day’s activities are designed and guided by Towson University students, faculty and staff.  This event is always free and open to the public. Visitors of all Ages Welcome!

Sponsored By: COFAC Diversity Grant

Partners: TU COMMUNITY ART CENTER, Asian Arts and Culture Center, TU Community Dance, Cook Library, Center for the Arts Galleries, Department of Art + Design, Art History & Art Education, Department of Early Childhood Education

Koto master Masayo IshigurePerformance: Koto 360°

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 7 P.M.
HAROLD J. KAPLAN CONCERT HALL
CA 3042, CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Experience Koto 360°, an exploration of the versatility and transformations of Japanese music, through the koto (13-string zither), shakuhachi (bamboo flute), and guitar with newly composed music, unique instrument pairings and diverse collaborations.

TICKETS: $15 regular price, $10 AA&CC members and non-TU students with valid ID, $5 TU students with valid OneCard. www.tuboxoffice.com

Sushi & Sake Reception, March 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Atrium

Members-only sushi and sake pre-performance reception for AA&CC current members of the Crane Club, Tiger Society, Phoenix Circle, Dragon Circle and Jade Circle. Become a member or upgrade your membership.

Register for the event


YogaWorkshop | Yoga

monday, march 12, 12:00 p.m.
asian arts Gallery, ca 2037
center for the arts

In this yoga workshop we will focus on moving the body with our breath through a series of traditional postures so that we can access more energy and a more peaceful state of mind. Come find out what ancient yogis and modern day yogis have in common as we practice a 5,000 year old tradition of classic yoga. Open to all levels.

TICKETS: Free for TU students, faculty & staff (valid OneCard required), $5 for non-TU students and AA&CC members, $10 for all others

Taiji (Tai Chi)Workshop | Introduction to Taiji (Tai Chi)

wednesday, march 14, 6:30 p.m.
University Union 314 (conference room)
towson university

Discover how to improve your mental and physical health through this beautiful form of no/low impact exercise. Learn to remain relaxed and focused, while building muscle strength and improving your coordination. Conducted by Kevin Law and Melanie Lester of Goh’s Kung Fu. Comfortable clothing recommended. No high heels, please. Space is limited. Registration required.

TICKETS: Free for TU students, faculty & staff (valid OneCard required), $5 for non-TU students and AA&CC members, $10 for all others

AppalAsiaFundraiser & Performance: AppalAsia

saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.
tu south campus pavilion

The trio known as AppalAsia have created an evocative and ambitious performance language for dulcimer, erhu, banjo, and vocals that combines the influence of their folk-roots with original composition and inspired improvisation. Enjoy food and drink inspired by both Asia and Appalachia, take part in a silent auction, and support the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Tickets required.

TU Cambodian Classical Music EnsemblePerformance: TU Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 8:00 P.M.
RECITAL HALL, CA 3066, 
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TU Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble (Chum Ngek, director) presents music from Cambodia.

Admission is free.

Workshop | Yoga Nidra

monday, april 16, 12:00 p.m.
asian arts gallery, ca 2037
center for the arts

Yoga Nidra, or Sleep Yoga, is a healing practice that will renew and energize your nervous system. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down on a yoga mat while being guided through a series of visualization techniques, including marma (relaxation) points to help you achieve a more renewed and restored sense of self.

TICKETSFree for TU students, faculty & staff (valid OneCard required), $5 for non-TU students and AA&CC members, $10 for all others

 

Additional spring programs and events to be announced.

Past Events

FALL 2017

Hallyu: The Korean WaveExhibition: Hallyu | The Korean Wave

SEPTEMBER 21 - DECEMBER 9
ASIAN ARTS GALLERY, CA 2037
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Explore “hallyu,” the “Korean Wave”--the explosion in global popularity of Korean dramas, films, popular music, fashion and food erupted in East Asia in the late 1990s and spread across the world in the late 2000s. Learn about the history of this phenomenon and the trend-setting artists who continue to transform the face of popular culture across the world. Discover how technological innovations contributed to Korea’s emergence as a global hub for the production of pop culture.

Admission is free. 
Gallery Hours during exhibition: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed November 22-26. 

samulnori lecture demonstration

Lecture Demonstration: Samulnori

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
RECITAL HALL, CA 3066
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Learn about the rhythms and instruments that comprise Korean traditional percussion, Samulnori, which literally means"to play four things." These "things" include changgo (hourglass drum), buk (barrel drum), kweanggarri (small gong) and jing (large gong). The hands-on workshop is led by Sebastian Wang, director of the University of Maryland's Korean Percussion Ensemble and Executive Director of the Washington Samulnori.

Part of the AA&CC's Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection series.

Admission is free.

Arooj AftabIn-Class Lecture Demonstration
Arooj Aftab | Neo-Sufi Rock


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.
CA 2079, CENTER FOR THE ARTS

In collaboration with the Creative Alliance, AA&CC will present Arooj Aftab who combines Su -mystical poetry with the spirit of independent rock. As part of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts Building Bridge’s Program, Ms, Aftab and her trio will share their music and discuss Sufi poetry, Pakistan, immigration to the US, and the creative process.

Admission is free.

Washington SamulnoriPerformance: Washington Samulnori

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7 P.M.
HAROLD J. KAPLAN CONCERT HALL
CA 3042, CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Maryland-based Washington Samulnori presents exciting folk rhythms of Korea with four percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong). The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” The samulnori repertoire integrates farmers’ band music (“nong-ak”) and ceremonial music.

Part of the AA&CC's Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection series.

Tickets: $15 regular price, $10 AA&CC members and non-TU students with valid ID, $5 TU students with valid ID. 

K-Fest!Community Event: K-FEST!

Tuesday, October 24, 5 - 9 P.M.
West Village Ballrooms

Explore popular and traditional Korean culture featuring Robin Ha, author of Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes. Enjoy K-Pop music and dance performances, Korean food, traditional Korean games, Korean martial arts demonstrations, Korean cosmetic culture, and more. Learn how “hallyu,” the “Korean Wave erupted in East Asia in the late 1990s and spread across the world in the late 2000s, and talk to students who have studied abroad in Korea.

Presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Center, TU Student Government Association, TU Campus Activities Board, TU Center for Student Diversity, Korean Culture Club, TU Study Abroad Office, Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, and the Gyeongsangnam-do / Maryland Sister State Committee. We thank the Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, PNC Bank, and Yoshinobu and Kathleen Shiota for their support of this program.

K-Fest! Ticket Information & SCHEDULE

Admission:

  • Free for Towson University Students, Faculty & Staff (valid One Card required)
  • $10 General Public (ticket price includes parking) Available through Ticketmaster.com-- PURCHASE TICKETS
  • $5 AA&CC Members and Non-TU Students with Valid ID (ticket price includes parking)

All tickets available at the event and through
University Union Ticket Office
Towson University, University Union, 1st Floor
Located across from the University Store
Mon 8:30-7pm (except March 16), Tues – Fri 8:30 – 4:30

K-FEST! Schedule

Insight Stage Presentations

5:00   Student Government Association and Asian Arts & Culture Center | Welcome to K-Fest: Diversity and the Korean Wave

5:30   Jennifer Stanley | The History of Hallyu

5:45   Brian Ho | K-Pop Music Performance

6:00   University of Maryland Korean Dance Group | Interactive K-Dance Demo and Workshop

6:30   ATA Martial Arts MD | Interactive Taekwondo Demo and Workshop

7:00   Robin Ha | Cooking Korean Food and Q&A

8:00   University of Maryland | K-Pop Dance Performance

8:05   Maryanne Jokoh, Brooke Tenley, Brandi Cooke, Yulsu Park, Jiyeon Ko, Jiwa Park, Hongbi Kim, Sohee Kim | Studying in Korea Panel Discussion

Festival Tables and Events

  • Jennifer Stanley and Sally Yoon | Write in Hangul
  • Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority | American and Korean Beauty Demos
  • Jennifer Stanley and Sally Yoon | Traditional Korean Game
  • Robin Ha | Cook Korean! Book Signing and Sale (8-9 p.m.)
  • Taekwondo Hands-On | Learn More about Taekwondo
  • Korean Food | Soo’s Kimchi House and Nak Won Restaurant
  • Maryanne Jokoh, Brooke Tenley, Brandi Cooke, Yulsu Park, Jiyeon Ko, Jiwa Park, Hongbi Kim, Sohee Kim, TU Study Abroad Office | Studying in Korea
  • Campus Activities Board | Events for Students, By Students
  • Raffle and Evaluations | Complete an Evaluation and Win a Prize

TU Pin Peat Ensemble directed by Chum NgekPerformance: TU World Music Ensemble and TU Pin Peat Ensemble

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8:15 P.M.
RECITAL HALL, CA 3066
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Students in TU 's World Music Ensemble (Jonathan Seligman, director) and Cambodian Classical Ensemble (Chum Ngek, director) will present a concert of music from Cambodia and around the globe.

Admission is free.


Continuing Programs

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection

This ongoing project highlights exhibitions, performances, workshops, artist residencies, and online resources featuring local Asian arts and culture in Maryland communities . It also incorporates The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project, an interdisciplinary studies course combining ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Student research informs Center programming. In fall 2015, we initiated the “Connection” with an exhibition, performances, workshops and family days introducing local audiences to the living Khmer art and culture in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project (IDFA 480/580 Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Special Topics Seminar) is an interdisciplinary studies course in Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. This course combines ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Students identify their own research topic and conduct independent research with guidance from the instructors throughout the semester.  Topics can include art, music, dance, theater, foodways, costumes, healing arts, martial arts and more. Students create a portfolio of their research as a culminating project at the end of the semester. Student projects will be used in programs at the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Read about the topics OUR students researched...

Family Art Day

Family Arts Days

The AA&CC collaborates every semester with TU’s Community Art Center to engage families in experiencing and making art through drop-in art activities, performances, interactive gallery experiences, and story time.