Programs & Exhibitions

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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. 

SPRING 2018

Asia's Healing ArtsExhibition: Asia's Healing Arts

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

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 featuers, 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. 

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

Performance: 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 n ewly 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 ID. 

Performance: TU Steel Pan Ensemble and TU Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 8:15 P.M.
RECITAL HALL, CA 3066
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Mark Craig leads the TU Steel Pan Ensemble students in a program of popular arrangements. TU Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble (Chum Ngek, director) presents music from Cambodia.

Admission is free.

Additional spring programs and events to be announced.

Past Events

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.