Support Us

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.

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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.

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

Sayaka Kajita Ganz: Reclaimed Creations exhibition

SEP. 19 - DEC. 7, 2019Sayaka Ganz: RECLAIMED CREATIONS

This exhibition presents the work of Sayaka Kajita Ganz who was born in Japan and grew up in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She creates sculptures from reclaimed plastic objects, arranging the fragments of waste into fluid images of birds and animals that appear to be created from brush strokes. The artist states, “My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside,” and notes that her work is inspired by “Shinto animist belief that all things in the world have spirits.

Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.,
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director 

Visit the touring exhibition website.

Categories: Exhibition
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Sayaka Kajita GanzSep. 21, 2019 / Upcycled adornments with Sayaka Kajita Ganz

At Charm City Night Market, create earth-friendly personal adornments to express your identity or share with your besties. Sayaka Kajita Ganz leads this activity that transforms plastic flatware and other discarded gems into swanky bling.
Categories: Community Projects, Workshops and Demonstrations
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Nakatani Gong OrchestraNov. 16, 2019 / Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO)

Avant-garde sound artist, master percussionist and composer, Tatsuya Nakatani, performs genre-defying solo works and leads local players in playing complex, harmonic compositions on Chinese wind gongs using his original bowing technique.  The Japanese concept of ma (emptiness) and the physicality of vibration are central to Nakatani’s compositions and philosophy of sound. Co-presented with the Creative Alliance.
Categories: Performance, Community Activity
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The Women of Shahnameh exhibitionSpring 2020 / “The Women of Shahnameh”, The Women of Afarin Rahmanifar

The epic poem “Shahnameh” (The Book of Kings), written over one thousand years ago by Persian poet Ferdowsi,  is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet and is considered to be one of the foundations of Iranian mythology. The shahnameh contains a large and varied cast of female characters, some of whom play a primary role in Ferdowsi’s narratives.  Ferdowsi describes these female characters as compassionate partners, brave, loyal, stable and engaged in courtship.  The women characters in the poem become the centerpieces within artist Afarin Rahmanifar's multi-platform painting project.

Titled “WOMEN OF SHAHNAMEH”, Rahmanifar's project seeks to engage the viewer with the examination of similarities and differences between both Eastern and Western culture.  This multi-platform project consists of 3’x10’ foot long mixed media paintings suspended from the ceiling, installation, and animated motion picture film.  To fully capture the energy and spirit of the stories, Rahmanifar has produced short films that introduce the original stories of love, dreams, demons, and political intrigue. The interplay of large scale mixed media painting on vellum paper coupled with the animated film capture the dreamscape and surreal world of “WOMEN OF SHAHNAMEH” evoking a fantasy of literature for a new and contemporary audience.
Category: Exhibition
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Asia North FestivalSpring 2020 / Asia North Festival: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Community

Celebrate Baltimore’s Charles North neighborhood’s constantly evolving identities as a Koreatown, arts district, and creative center through a month long exhibition; day of art, music and food; night market; and neighborhood restaurant tour. The exhibition brings together works by regional Asian and Asian American artists that express their unique yet interconnected layers of experiences, histories, and identities. The events take place in multiple neighborhood venues, feature cultural arts of Asian and the neighborhood’s diverse communities, and highlight the neighborhood’s history as a Koreatown. Co-presented with the Central Baltimore Partnership and multiple local partners.  
Categores: Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Community
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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.
Category: Exhibition
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political pop art

TBD / POLIPOP: Political Pop Art by Mina Cheon

Mina Cheon is a Korean American new media artist, scholar, and educator who advocates for global peace and Korean unification as a social activist political pop artist. Cheon's "POLIPOP: Political Pop Art" has been exhibited internationally, which includes painting, new media art,interactive media, installation art, and performance art work.
Category: 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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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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Cambodian Classical Music Ensemble at Towson UniversityOngoing / 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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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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asian art

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.
Categories: Students and Teachers, Exhibition
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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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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.
Category: Students and Teachers
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