The Asian Art Museum’s myriad public programs explore the art and cultures represented in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. The museum offers programs for visitors of all ages, and for all levels of knowledge of Asian art and culture, from novice through expert.
AsiaAlive is a free, interactive, drop-in program for all ages, featuring live artist demonstrations, hands-on activities, and videos and books on rotating themes.
Major support for AsiaAlive has been provided by The Wallace Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Artist travel provided by by United Airlines, the Official Airline of the Asian Art Museum.
The Asian Art Museum’s fun Family Programs allow parents and children to explore the many aspects of Asian art and culture together. Family Programs are free with museum admission, and kids 12 and under always get in FREE! All programs are subject to change without notice. Please call (415) 581-3500 for updates.
Art opens the mind and awakens the heart to infinite possibilities. An accessible and inspiring environment for educators and students, the Asian Art Museum illuminates the arts and cultures of Asia. We offer a variety of inquiry-based school tours that support California Content Standards, educator programs for the educational community, and an array of educational resources such as lessons, activities, videos, images, books, curriculum guides, hands-on materials, poster kits, consultations, and more.
MATCHA is the museum’s Thursday evening mixer program that unites art and culture with the social, cocktail hour. Experience mesmerizing performances, create your own art, embark on gallery tours, see the latest special exhibition, sit in on a talk, mingle with friends over cocktails, enjoy what the DJ is spinning, and much, much more. Each MATCHA event has its own unique flavor and vibe.
The Japanese Way of Tea Programs
Experience the tastes, smells, sounds, and aesthetics of chanoyu—the Japanese way of tea—through this special program held in our Japanese Tearoom.
Asian art and culture comes to life through live performances at the Asian Art Museum. Performances throughout the year encompass dance, music, storytelling, theater and more.
Lectures, Classes, and Symposia
The museum, together with its affiliate the Society for Asian Art, offers a variety of lectures, classes and workshops that enable you to delve deeper into Asian art and culture.
The Education department would like to thank the following foundations and corporations for their generous grants. Major support for education programs is provided by the Freeman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, Joseph R. McMicking Foundation, the Robert and Helen Odell Fund, the Mary Tanenbaum Fund, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup Foundation, and Dodge & Cox. Major support for AsiaAlive has been provided by the Wallace Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
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