2023 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and we are celebrating with a series of events hosted by the Library and many community partners. These groups have come together to deliver a series of events for our entire community to recognize and celebrate the culture and contributions of our AAPI community. Happy AAPI Month!

  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration
    • AT&T Discovery District (308 S. Akard St.)
    • Saturday, May 6 @ 11:00 a.m.
    • Dive into the rich and diverse cultures of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander heritage at the AT&T Discovery District! Join them on Saturday for the 2nd annual celebration filled with fascinating performances, delicious food specials, and an eclectic mix of beats by our live DJ. 

  • Family Weekends AAPI Celebration
    • AT&T Performing Arts Center at Sammons Park (2403 Flora St.)
    • Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 a.m.
    • Kicking off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a free party in Sammons Park. The celebration will include Asian food trucks, a vendor market, local artist exhibits, Asian organizations, musical and dance performances and cultural demonstrations. With special participation from the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

  • The Samurai Collection
    • The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum ( 2501 N Harwood St.)
    • Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection features an array of samurai art and armor that once protected and adorned Japan’s fierce warriors. Established in the Harwood District in 2012, The Samurai Collection is the only museum of its kind in the United States and is one of the largest in the world. 
  • Japan, Form & Function: The Montgomery Collection
    • Crow Museum of Asian Art (2010 Flora St.)
    • Exhibition through April 14, 2024
    • The Montgomery Collection is widely acknowledged to be the largest and finest collection of Japanese folk art outside Japan. The Swiss collector Jeffrey Montgomery has spent more than 40 years traveling around the world acquiring works that today total approximately 1,100 works in various media. Among others features, the collection reflects his personal taste and interest in the functional as well as the sculptural qualities of the objects. 

  • Learn to Dance with Indian Cultural Heritage Association
    • Fretz Park Branch Library (6990 Belt Line Rd.)
    • Saturday, May 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
    • Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us as we explore culture through dance! Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation will teach us simple dance steps in Indian classical and folk-dance styles, then treat us to an interactive performance. We’ll learn footwork, hand gestures, and storytelling set to music.
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