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As a nonprofit, self-supporting organization, the Asian Arts & Culture Center relies on membership, public and private grants, the generosity of donors, and Towson University to fulfill its mission.

Students and volunteers at the AA&CC's Japan Festival, April 2014.
Members of TU's Japanese Language and Culture Organization (JLCO) and friends volunteered at the AA&CC's Japan Festival in April 2014.

SUPPORT ASIAN ARTS & CULTURE CENTER

Sponsorship Opportunities

Help the Asian Arts & Culture Center keep Towson University, local and regional communities, artists, schools and teachers connected through Asian arts and culture. We welcome directed as well as unrestricted support

Your support may be directed to the following: Exhibitions, Collections, Performances, Workshops and Demonstrations, Artist Residencies, Community Projects, Academic Projects, School and Teacher Programs, Conversations with artists and Asian content specialists, and Films.

Browse the list below for sponsorship opportunities.

About the Gilbert A. Brungardt Endowment 

The Gilbert A. Brungardt Endowment was established in 2007 to honor Dr. Brungardt for his many years of service to Towson University as music professor, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and as a founding member of the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Dr. Brungardt was key to the growth and development of the center. The Brungardt Endowment provides a supplemental funding source for the Asian Arts and Culture Center. To contribute call 410-704-2807 or donate online.

Brungardt Endowment Founding Contributors

  • Drs. Albert & Chen-Chih Sun
  • Dr. & Mrs. William E. Kirwan
  • Mr. & Mrs. John G. Danz
  • Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Montcalmo
  • Dr. Ron C. Shieh

 

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

BRONZE SPONSOR $500 - $900
  • Recognition in program-related materials
  • Listing in Donor acknowledgements
  • Invitation to special members' reception
  • Tickets for 2 to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in sponsorship year
  • Tickets for 2 to Annual Donors Appreciation event in the spring

$360 is not tax deductible.

PORCELAIN SPONSOR $1,000 - $2,499
  • All of the above benefits
  • Recognition in the Towson University Foundation Annual Report
  • An additional 2 tickets (4 total) to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in the sponsorship year
  • An additional 2 tickets (4 total) to Annual Donors' Appreciation event in the spring
  • Name displayed on the AA&CC Distinguished Donors scroll in the Center for the Arts Atrium
  • Membership to Towson University's Founder's Society

$720 is not tax deductible.

PEARL SPONSOR $2,500 - $4,999
  • All of the above benefits
  • An additional 2 tickets (8 total) to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in the sponsorship year
  • Recognition in all promotional and publicity materials or programs and exhibitions including media advertising where applicable
  • 2 tickets to the private Jade Recognition Event hosted by the AA&CC Director and Board President

$1,200 is not tax deductible.

CLOISONNÉ SPONSOR $5,000 - $9,999
  • All of the above benefits
  • An additional 2 tickets (10 total) to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in the sponsorship year
    • An additional 2 tickets (6 total) to annual Donors' Appreciation event in the spring
    • An additional 2 tickets (4 total) to private Jade Recognition Event hosted by the AA&CC Director and Board President
    • Member rate on AA&CC programs for employees

$1,800 is not tax deductible.

SILVER SPONSOR $10,000 - $19,999
  • All of the above benefits
  • An additional 5 tickets (15 total) to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in the sponsorship year
    • An additional 2 tickets (8 total) to annual Donors' Appreciation event in the spring
    • An additional 2 tickets (6 total) to private Jade Recognition Event hosted by the AA&CC Director and the Board PresidentLogo in programs for sponsored year (where applicable)
    • Your corporate logo/link on the AA&CC website
    • Primary logo on all promotional and publicity materials (where applicable) fot the year, including media advertising
    • Individual plaque in your honor

$2,500 is not tax deductible.

GOLD SPONSOR $20,000+
  • All of the above benefits
  • An additional 5 tickets (20 total) to all Asian Arts & Culture Center events and member programs in the sponsorship year
    • An additional 2 tickets (10 total) to annual Donors' Appreciation event in the spring
    • An additional 2 tickets (8 total) to private Jade Recognition Event hosted by the AA&CC Director and the Board President
    • Listing as Honorary Advisory Board Member in event programs and on the AA&CC website

$2,800 is not tax deductible.

Sponsor These Programs

Artist Phaan HowngFALL 2020 / Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice

Exquisitely disposed rocks, trees and vegetation. The promise of an inspired space of meditation and detachment. Such has been one Western image of the Chinese and Japanese garden. Yet such enchanted spaces may encompass hidden histories of empire, exploitation, and violent extraction. Deconstructing idealized Chinese and Japanese gardens that depict harmonious natural worlds, Phaan Howng’s post-apocalyptic installation investigates the resonances of such practices to our current global environment of economic inequities and the Anthropocene epoch.
Category: Exhibition
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Forest BathingFALL 2020 / Forest Bathing: Nature's Therapy

Reconnect with nature and your mind, body, and spirit while immersing yourself in the outdoors. Experience the benefits of shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”), a recent Japanese practice invented in the 1980s and based on Shinto and Buddhist reverence for nature. Enjoy nature-inspired refreshments and a visit to Phaan Howng’s post-apocalyptic installation in the Asian Arts Gallery. Naturalist and ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Ana Ka’ahanui, leads the walk.
Category: Discover & Dine
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Asia North FestivalFALL 2020 / Asia North 2020: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Community

We hope to have our second annual Asia North celebration originally scheduled for spring 2020. The events recognize, showcase, and honor the art, culture, and the Korean history and heritage of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Area artists and organizations present an exhibit, performances, films, a night market, neighborhood food tour, and more. Co-presented with the Central Baltimore Partnership, Charm City Night Market, and multiple community partners. See our digital version of this exhibit and programs: www.towson.edu/asianorth
Categories: Exhibition, Festival, Performance, Workshop, Community
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Reimagining BaltimoreFALL 2020 / Reimagining Baltimore

Artist, Phaan Howng leads participants through creative brainstorming, mapping, and sketching of ideas to address some of Baltimore’s most pressing issues. Students make and share predictions about what may happen in challenging scenarios. They develop critical thinking, problem solving, and creative skills in ways that build on personal strengths and interests, helping them envision a better future for Baltimore and become empowered to make a difference.
Category: Community/School Workshop
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FWildflower Seedpod (aka seed bomb)ALL 2020 / Wildflower Seedpod Workshop

Growing and helping native wildflowers proliferate is an important part of being a climate steward. Native plants provide food and shelter to pollinators and birds. Participants create native wildflower seedpods (aka seed bombs) while learning about the role native plants play in ecosystem restoration. Presented with Blue Water Baltimore.
Category: Community/School Workshop
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The Shah Mosque in Isfahan, IranFALL 2020 / Iran: Colors, Celebrations, Monuments and Politics

Experts introduce aspects of Iran’s rich cultural heritage which has brought joy through times of peace and struggle for thousands of years. They discuss recent histories and narratives from unconventional perspectives through the lenses of art, politics and writing.
Categories: Panel Discussion & Reception
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FALL 2020 / Lanterns of Hope

Korean paper artist, Sylvia Kim, introduces Korean lunar holiday customs and leads a workshop on creating lanterns out of paper. Students display their lanterns in a community celebration of unity and hope.
Category: Community/School Workshop
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"False, Idols" by Lek Vercauteren BorjaSpring 2021 / To My Homeland

Artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, explores the personal and social impact of Spanish colonization and American imperialism on the Filipino experience. Ten mixed media sculptural works created by weaving history with personal experience draw out broader contemporary Filipino American stories of identity, displacement, trauma, survival, resilience, and belonging.
Category: Exhibition
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Spring 2021 / ASIA NORTH 2021: A CELEBRATION OF ART, CULTURE & COMMUNITY

We hope to have our third annual Asia North event, a celebration of Baltimore’s Charles North neighborhood’s constantly evolving identities as a Koreatown, arts district, and creative center. Asia North serves to strengthen the community’s sense of cohesion and identity and recognize its rich history as a Koreatown. Area artists and organizations present an exhibit, performances, films, a night market, neighborhood food tour, and more. AA&CC co-presents Asia North with the Central Baltimore Partnership, Charm City Night Market, and multiple community partners.  
Categories: Exhibition, Festival, Performance, Workshop, Community
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SPRING 2021 / Wishes in the Wind: Korean Kites 

At The BIG Baltimore Kite Festival in Baltimore’s Patterson Park. In collaboration with the Creative Alliance, Friends of Patterson Park, and TU Department of Art Education.
Categories: Community, Festival, Performance, Workshop
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ONGOING / ASIA NORTH

Asia North celebrates the arts and Asian culture that are defining characteristics of Baltimore’s Charles North neighborhood, part of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Inaugurated in spring 2019, Asia North is a collaborative community celebration that recognizes, showcases, and honors the art, culture and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community.

The Asian Arts & Culture Center co-produces events with the Central Baltimore Partnership, Charm City Night Market, and multiple community partners. Area artists and organizations present an exhibit, performances, films, a night market, neighborhood food tours, and more. In spring 2020, the programs have expanded to online formats.

Asia North Online will be updated with new and past programs. Asia North Virtual Programming currently includes:

Categories: Community, Exhibition, Festival, Performance, Workshop, Virtual
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ONGOING / Our stories virtual storytelling festival

This online storytelling festival celebrates our common humanity and the unique beauty of diverse experiences on a global scale. Anyone can share and explore personal and cultural stories narrative, animation, music, art, and more. We are currently recruiting storytellers. Story programs begin in Fall 2020.
Categories: Community, Festival, Performance, Virtual
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Korean KiteONGOING / Wishes in the wind: Korean Kites

Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at The BIG Baltimore Kite Festival in Baltimore’s Patterson Park in collaboration with the Creative Alliance, Friends of Patterson Park, and TU Department of Art Education. Due to social distancing policies, this hands-on community art activity as originally planned was cancelled. However, we will make the kites at future community events and are creating kits that will be available for families and teachers to make at home. Participants learn about art, culture, and engineering while designing and making a colorful Korean-inspired aerodynamic kite to fly and make their wishes come true.
Categories: Community/School Workshop, Virtual
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asian art

ONGOING / ONLINE EXHIBITIONS

We will digitally document exhibitions based on our permanent collection, beginning with our fall 2014 exhibition, Meditation, and re-package it for online use and study by teachers and students. We are also working to make these past exhibitions available online: Sounding the Spirit of Cambodia, Asia@Towson, Asian Symbolism, The Korean Wave, Korean Highlights from AA&CC’s Collection, Asia’s Healing Arts, Asia in Maryland: Expressing Cross-cultural Experience, Asia’s Martial Arts, Asian Ceramics, Bronzes across Asia, Earth’s Treasures-Threatened, and Intricate Layers.
Categories: Students and Teachers, Exhibition
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asian art

COLLECTION ONLINE

We are systematically digitizing our art collection and posting it online in ways that are useful and relevant to teachers and students. Some objects are already available. We are seeking resources to photograph, digitize, catalogue, and post the remainder of our collection.
Category: Students and Teachers
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ONGOING / Foodie Friday

AA&CC shares favorite Asian recipes via social media.
Categories: Virtual, Community
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Other Online Initiatives

  • AA&CC is preparing versions of these past events for online access: Inspired by Tradition teacher workshop, Baltimore Collects panel discussion, and Karaoke: Global Technology, Local Practice panel discussion.

Categories: Virtual, Exhibition, Performance, Panel Discussion, Workshop

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Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble at Towson UniversityRESUMING SPRING 2021 / Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble at Towson University

In collaboration with the Department of Music, the Asian Arts & Culture Center, will establish the first non-western music ensemble available as a for-credit course for Towson University students. Under the direction of Cambodian master musician, Chum Ngek, students will learn to perform pin peat, a Khmer classical music genre that has been performed for centuries as the driving force behind classical dance and for sacred, royal, and religious ceremonies.  Chum Ngek is one of the few living Khmer music masters worldwide who possesses a vast repertoire and command of multiple instruments across various genres. He is the 2004 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes Award, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship conferred upon one artist who has significantly benefited his or her tradition through teaching and preserving important repertoires. Chum has also received honors from The Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Category: Artist Residency, Performance
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family art day

Ongoing / Family Arts Day

Each semester, AA&CC partners with TU Community Art Center to offer families drop-in art activities, performances, interactive gallery experiences, and story time, all inspired by current exhibitions. Visitors of all ages are welcome!
Categories: Workshop, Family, Community Activity
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The Silence of 'Others': Photography by Bharat ChoudharyTBD / The Silence of 'Others': Photography by Bharat Choudhary

Through photographs by Bharat Choudhary, this exhibition documents the lived experience of young Muslims living in the United States, England and France. It offers intimate views of the behaviors, hidden emotions, personal opinions, private lives and public interactions of Muslim youth in their homes and communities. The images explore issues of segregation and alienation as well as the impact of religious prejudice and stereotyping on young Muslims.
Categories: Exhibition
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Theatre Nohgaku: Blue Moon Over MemphisTBD / Theatre Nohgaku: Blue Moon Over Memphis

The AA&CC will host a three-day residency with Theatre Nohgaku comprised of a performance and workshops. The company of Japanese and North American members will present an English language noh drama, Blue Moon Over Memphis, as well as workshops on Japanese theatre, music, and dance with the general public and Towson University students.

Blue Moon Over Memphis is essentially a meditation on identity, celebrity and loneliness as seen through the eyes of one of America’s first major celebrity casualties, Elvis Presley. It expands noh’s musical vocabulary to include melodies familiar with American audiences such as The Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody" reinterpreted in a noh style.

In the story, Judy, an Elvis Presley fan, makes a pilgrimage to Graceland on the anniversary of Elvis’s death. During the candlelight vigil, a mysterious man lets her into the Meditation Garden where Elvis is buried. Under the light of the blue moon, she meets the ghost of Elvis.

The performance features sublime Japanese noh theatre masks and costumes hand-crafted by Japanese master artisans, along with traditional instrumentation, song and dance. This performance features John Oglevee as Elvis, with masks by Kitazawa Hideta.
Categories: Performance, Workshop, Artist Residency
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TBD / Veiled, Unveiled

Veiled, Unveiled explores desire, identity, freedom and love through poetry, spoken word, music and dance. It questions and explores stereotypes through enigma and contradiction: Is the veil religious, erotic, romantic, or oppressive? Does the absence of a veil mean freedom?
Category: Performance
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contemporary dance by shizuka

TBD / Shizuka

This contemporary dance work references Shizuka, one of the most famous of Japan’s Shirabyoshi female dancers dressed as males, whose tradition dates to the 12th century. Shirabyoshi was religious in subject and performed on behalf of nobility in order to entertain friendly generals as well as seduce neutral or enemy clans into their cause. Although it is a lost art, Shirabyoshi is known to have influenced Noh and Kabuki. Dancer Saiko Kino and musician Michiyo Yagi collaborate in this resurrection of Shirabyoshi as a contemporary dance piece.

Japanese Music and Dance

In collaboration with the Departments of Music and Dance, the Asian Arts & Culture Center will organize and host a one-week (forty-five hour) interdisciplinary intensive workshop with dance artist Saiko Kino and musician Michiyo Yagi. The artists will lead hands-on workshops introducing the traditional basis of their avant-garde work and the historical basis of the sounds, imagery and movement in their work. They will also discuss their creative process of working together as a team. 
Categories: Performance, Workshop, Artist Residency
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They Call Me MuslimTBD / They Call Me Muslim

Directed by Diana Ferrero, this film explores the symbolic meanings of a Muslim veil, or hajib. The film portrays the struggle of two women—one in France and one in Iran—to express themselves freely.
Category: Film
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asia in maryland cultural history project

Ongoing / The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project is an interdisciplinary studies course in Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. The course is open to students across campus. The course combines ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Students use interdisciplinary approaches such as ethnographic field work and oral history interviewing to generate primary-source documentation on the history of the cultural life of Asian communities in Maryland. Students also work with the Center to develop professional museum-quality public presentations from Project resources.
Category: Community Activity
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The Asia in Maryland Cultural Connection

Ongoing / The 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.
Categories: Community Activity, Exhibition, Workshop, Performance
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Family Storytelling Festival

TBD / Our Stories: Family Storytelling Festival

A multi-cultural family event exploring local and global stories, including performances, workshops, and hands-on activities.
Categories: Community Activity, Family, Workshop, Performance
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TBD / Art Smart Baltimore

Art Smart Baltimore will bring together Towson students, education faculty, and public school teachers to create core curricular modules featuring Asian literature, dance, music, drama, and art.
Category: Students and Teachers
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