October 2018 marks the fifth year of operations for the City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC). To celebrate, the AARC will host the AARC 5th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1-3 p.m. The AARC is located at 8401 Cameron Road. Admission is free and open to the public.
Attendees will enjoy light refreshments and family friendly activities and entertainment including button and pom pom flower making, washi paper wish crafting, mandala making, and a live performance from Sho Ukelele. In addition, visitors will learn more about the future of the AARC, as well as share their input. Sona Shah, the AARC’s new Facility Manager, will provide a brief presentation about her vision for the facility. Interpretation services will be available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Burmese.
Community partners for this event include the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Quality of Life Commission, and the Network of Asian American Organizations.
The City of Austin’s newest cultural facility opened its doors in 2013 and is housed with n the Parks and Recreation Department. The AARC has brought in more than 200,000 visitors, collaborated with over 100 artists and local organizations, and served over 20,000 senior meals. The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community continues to be the fastest growing demographic in Austin, making up a total of 8 percent of the population. The purpose of AARC is to serve the greater community and we invite you to enjoy our spaces that are free and open to the public. The AARC features a ballroom, resource library, computer lab, intergenerational Community Garden, Community Meeting Rooms, commercial kitchen, community exhibits and display cases, and a Great Lawn.
Visit the AARC website at austintexas.gov/aarc or on Facebook at for additional updates about the event.