The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University has released their Fall 2020 Programming Schedule. The Asian Arts & Culture Center aims to engage the local community in cross cultural dialogue through offering a variety of artistic and cultural learning experiences related to Asia and Asian cultures.

Read below and visit their website for all the information on Fall 2020 Programming.

Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice

Opens Thursday, September 17 


In person: By appointment for Towson University students, faculty and staff.  

Exquisitely disposed rocks and trees and vegetation. The promise of an inspired space of meditation and detachment. Such has been of the Westernized image of the Chinese and Japanese garden. Yet, such enchanted “natural” spaces camouflage the histories of empire, wealth, privilege, exploitation, ecological extraction, and displacement behind their creation. Phaan Howng’s site-specific installation engages East Asian gardens as a case study of the dynamics embedded within these private spaces. 

Meet the Artist: Phaan Howng

Thursday, September 17, 6:30pm 


Celebrate the opening of Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice with an opening reception and talk by artist, Phaan Howng. Virtually experience the immersive gallery space while chatting with the artist about her process and the issues that compel her work. 

Forest Bathing: Nature’s Therapy

Saturday, September 26, 10am 

Virtual. $20 regular price; $15 AA&CC members 


Reconnect with nature and your mind, body, and spirit from your own yard, nearby park, or even your house! Naturalist and ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Ana Ka’ahanui, guides you through the experience of shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”), a recent Japanese practice invented in the 1980s and based on Shinto and Buddhist reverence for nature. Adapted for our new world of social-distancing, this session will help you decompress and prepare you to adapt to and even thrive in an ambiguous and ever-changing world. 

Asia North 2020

Friday, October 16, 7pm 


Join DMV artists and musicians to celebrate the art, culture, and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore.  

Gardening for the Future

Tuesday, October 20, 7pm 


Join artist, Phaan Howng; scholar, Natasha Myers; botanical garden planner, Nicole DeFeo; and Herring Run Nursery assistant manager, Mary Lewis; as they deconstruct how ideal aestheticized gardens reflect power relations between humans and nature. Rethink how gardening practices can be mobilized to create more environmentally sustainable futures. 

Pollinator Gardening: Designing Sustainable Habitats

Saturday, November 14, 11am 

Virtual. $15 regular price; $10 AA&CC members 


Join Blue Water Baltimore and Phaan Howng to learn how you can help restore habitats for struggling pollinators by strategically planting native plants. Discover the how and why of pollinator gardening and its connection to watershed health.  Learn how to design your own pollinator garden and digitally share your design with other workshop participants.  

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