Asian American Resource Center seeking public input on Phase 2 expansion

Asian American Resource Center community meeting March 29
The Asian American Resource Center and city of Austin welcome design suggestions for the center's Phase 2 expansion. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Asian American Resource Center and city of Austin welcome design suggestions for the center's Phase 2 expansion. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Asian American Resource Center held a community kickoff meeting March 29 to solicit feedback on its Phase 2 expansion plans.

Phase 2 plans for the community center located at 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, include the construction of a new building that will house a 200- to 400-seat live performance theater, a multipurpose room and art gallery.

Members of the community are asked to weigh in on the orientation of the building on the existing 15-acre AARC site, recommend design and layout preferences, and identify potential future uses for the space.

A community survey on the Phase 2 design is available online through April 8.

“We know that not all [Asian Pacific American] communities in Austin utilize our public resources equally, so we aim to hear as many voices and perspectives in this process to build a space that serves our growing community,” AARC acting manager Bianca Xoyamayagua-Galvan said.


The AARC will hold additional community feedback meetings in April, including:

  • April 4, 6-7 p.m. in Korean at the AARC

  • April 5, 6-7 p.m. in Vietnamese at the AARC

  • April 6, 6-7 p.m. in Burmese via Zoom


According to an anticipated project schedule online, the city will continue to engage in community engagement throughout the spring. By spring 2023 Trahan Architects will finish design work for Phase 2, and construction of the new facility will be completed the following year in summer 2024.

The $7 million project is funded through 2018 voter-approved bonds.

Phase 1 of the AARC first opened in 2013. Xoyamayagua-Galvan said the center facilitates senior events; hosts cultural, educational and health programs; supports creatives and artists; collaborates with outside organizations; and curates and displays historical and art exhibitions.

“The mission of the AARC is to create a space of belonging and healing for Asian American communities in Austin and beyond,” Xoyamayagua-Galvan said.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.