The 2018 fall season for the Crow Museum of Asian Art kicked off Sept. 25 with an array of popular events along with new programming to accompany the Museum’s new name, expanded facility, street-side art studio and a new Center for Contemplative Leadership focused on wellness.
Free and open to the public, the Crow Museum of Asian Art is the only museum in Texas dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia. It is located in the Dallas Arts District at 2010 Flora St., Dallas, Texas 75201.
While the Crow Museum officially unveiled its multi-million-dollar expansion to the public on Sept. 28, festivities got rolling a few days earlier at the Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival on Sept. 25, at Klyde Warren Park. The museum will host a Grand Opening Family Day celebration on Oct. 6, marking the Museum’s reopening after its recent renovation.
Other highlights include the return of the much-loved Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepug Loseling Monastery for their weeklong artist residency – the Mystical Arts of Tibet – from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 13. The public is invited to watch as the monks construct the Green Tara sand mandala, participate in public tours, meet and play games with the monks at Klyde Warren Park, and experience the closing ceremony as they dismantle the sand mandala (fees apply for some activities).
Also planned are wellness programs and workshops at the Center for Contemplative Leadership, family studio time and classes at the new Pearl Art Studio, After Dark celebrations and the second-annual Jade Ball on Nov. 3. A detailed schedule of events, programming and exhibitions can be found here http://crowcollection.org/hours/events/.
“Our special events and programming have expanded ten-fold since the museum opened 20 years ago, and we’re so proud that our diverse offerings appeal to everyone from toddlers to veterans, to families and art aficionados, to adults seeking wellness and serenity through eastern-inspired practices,” said Amy Lewis Hofland, executive director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art. “And our annual events – like the Mystical Arts of Tibet – grow more popular every year, and have become a part of North Texas’ cultural fabric.”
Upcoming events include:
A free Grand Opening Family Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 6., offering guests a chance to take tours and explore the newly minted museum, including the Dallas premiere of Jacob Hashimoto Clouds and Chaos. The Pearl Art Studio, located across the street, offers art making and the opportunity to “meet a monk” around the community mandala designed by a local artist. In the museum, visitors can experience wellness classes throughout the galleries and spend time watching the Tibetan monks create a sand mandala underneath the new installation by Japanese-American artist Jacob Hashimoto. The day concludes with a visit to the newly redesigned museum gift shop, The Lotus Shop.
Next up is the annual Mystical Arts of Tibet with the Buddhist monks in Dallas Oct. 6-13 to conduct the notto-be-missed opening ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m.-noon ($30 per person) and the “Meet A Monk” event on Friday, Oct. 12, from 11– 2 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park where they’ll play soccer and other games (free). The closing ceremonies are Saturday, Oct. 13, from 3-4 p.m. where the monks ceremoniously dismantle the sand mandala they meticulously created over the past week ($40 per person).
The Crow Museum of Asian Art is open Tuesdays – Sundays (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and is closed on Mondays. Extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays begins October 4. Admission is always free but fees apply for some programming and events. The museum is located at 2010 Flora St., Dallas, Texas 75201. For more information, please visit crowcollection.org or call 214-979-6430.
ABOUT THE CROW MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART
Founded in 1998, the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas inspires and promotes learning and dialogue about the arts and cultures of Asia through its exhibitions, the research and preservation of its collections, artistic and educational programming, and visitor experience and engagement. The Museum accomplishes this in accordance with the highest professional standards and through collaboration with diverse audiences and community partners within North Texas and throughout the world. Free and open to the public, this museum celebrates the arts and cultures of Asia – from ancient eras to contemporary times – through a variety of permanent and traveling exhibitions that showcase the arts of a multitude of countries. With an array of beautiful spaces and galleries, the Museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The Crow Museum of Asian Art is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and is supported, in part, by the generosity of its members and donors. Learn more at crowmuseum.org