Asian American Resource Center- Cultural Space, Resource, and Educational Programs


Centrally located near 183, I-35 and 290 is the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  This multi-use facility features a 5,000 square foot ballroom, spacious Great Lawn for outdoor festivals, a foyer for receptions, six classrooms, two community rooms, library/computer lab, conference room, and cultural exhibitions/display spaces. The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide cultural spaces, resources, services, and educational programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective that brings Austin’s diverse communities together.

From cultural performances and galas in the ballroom to networking mixers in the foyer and meetings and workshops in the classrooms, AARC may be a location option for your next event. The AARC is available for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor rentals including community events, non-profit events, business events, meetings, lectures, classes, banquets, and more. Priority is given to events that support the AARC mission. Events that do not support the AARC mission will be given consideration 90 days prior to the rental date if the desired space is available.  The AARC does not rent space for life, family or personal events such as weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, family reunions and social gatherings. This allows more space availability for community organized events.



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Non-profits, community groups and individuals may suggest a program that is relevant to AARC and Parks and Recreation Department’s mission, values and audience. Collaborative programs must be offered to the public free of charge.

Adult and Youth Educational Program Positions

The AARC accepts applications for youth and adult program instructors year round. The AARC is interested to hear from instructors specializing in the following areas: computers/technology, cultural crafts, fitness/wellness, dance, culinary arts, animation, game development, painting, drawing, and graphic design. Proposals for other classes, workshops and programs not currently offer are welcomed.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers work directly with the community and provide support in a number of ways.

For inquiries, call (512) 974-1700, e-mail [email protected].

Meet Angel Austin, Adding Light and Love to Your Home Through Music

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Passionate about her singing in a young age, Angel Austin often found she was remembered because of her voice by people she did not know. After Angel Austin started Austin Mobile Concierge with her husband almost three years ago, she has recently re-visited a desire to share her heart through music. With Life Music House Concerts, she is able to go to people’s homes, sing for them, and share stories about her life and experiences. These include difficult struggles with cardiac health. Through her concerts and healthy food posts via social media, Angel is sharing her journey to a stronger heart, to weight loss, and to total health. Her greatest hope is that by doing so, she will encourage people to make better decisions that result in increased longevity and improved quality of life. “I’ve been singing since I could talk. I used to sing and dance so much, when I was in Elementary School, my neighbors would call me over to their parties so I could sing and dance for them. I sang in the school choir and the choir at my church,” describes Austin.

She’s ecstatic about her first music release, “It’s a sound that is making resurgence in songs like Marc Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars. It has a catchy hook and a baseline that makes it impossible to stay still.” Who Can Love Me Like That is an inspirational song with an “Old School Funk” flavor reminiscent of the R&B music of the 80’s and 90’s.

“Initially, my goal with Life Music House Concerts was just to sing and share my heart and life experiences through song, but then I remembered the vision I had to help people full, healthy lives. I realized that through the music, I could gain access to the resources to make my vision a reality.” She was soon able to receive  fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas,  a non-profit that supports artists by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Angel Austin is now also developing programs and looking to form a team to start the nomination/selection process for program participants.

Angel Austin minored in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice (Opera). Austin continues, “It opened up a whole new world and my instructor said I had a “Cadillac” of a voice. I was asked to do local engagements, singing what was then a form of music that was brand new to me, but I loved it.”  At our North Austin Influencers’ February mixer this year Angel Austin shared her journey of living a healthier lifestyle and mesmerized attendees as she sang in Italian a snippet from Lasciatemi Morire by Claudio Monteverdi.

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Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and Austin Parks Foundation

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If looking for a nice place to spend some time outdoors in the north area of town, visit Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park- just off of North Lamar. Purchased by the city in 1964, the park used to be a part of a farm owned by the Gracy family. Walnut Creek Park features a large off-leash area and a multitude of hilly, twisted trails popular with mountain bikers. The trails have a nice amount of shade, and are maintained regularly as Austin Ridge Riders has adopted the trails. The landscape can change drastically after rains when cliffs have been known to shift and the creek flow will vary.  Dogs can be seen splashing in the water with their furry friends or taking long swims while playing fetch.  Other park features are barbeque pits, one picnic shelter, 26 picnic tables, a playground, and swimming pool.

This parked is maintained by The Austin Parks Foundation.

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The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to building public and private partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County. Their mission is to connect people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin.

Austin Parks Foundation provides volunteer opportunities year-round for your business, organization, or service group to get involved with our parks!

Business groups: APF specialize in creating unique and educational teambuilding opportunities through outdoor workdays. Get out of the office and into the sunshine!

Youth and Service Groups: Put in a hard day’s work while learning how efforts support a healthy environment.

Individuals: Plug into a hands-on PIES trainings or check our events calendar for upcoming workday.

APF volunteers contribute thousands of volunteer hours to help maintain and improve city’s parks during three large annual workdays:

To organize your next volunteer workday, contact Bill at [email protected].

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