AAPI Heritage Month

May is AAPI Month at Phoenix College

This May, Recognize the Contributions
of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders


From the arrival of early immigrants through today, Americans of AAPI heritage have played a major role in U.S. history.  

Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a rapidly growing segment of our population, tracing their roots to more than 20 nations.



Stop by Fannin Library to Explore AAPI Month Titles

Phoenix College


The Library has curated a selection of media that honors the AAPI experience.   Explore details on the Fannin Library page later this month; and be sure to stop by in person.

Around the Community - AAPI Month


Explore exhibits and installations showcasing the talent of Asian artists and craftspeople. 

1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
Mon. & Tue.          Closed
Wed.                      10 am – 9 pm  (Pay What You Wish: 3 - 9 pm)
Thurs. – Sun.       10 am – 5 pm


Admission for Phoenix College, and all MCCCD students, is free through the MC3@PAM program.  To participate, you must be currently enrolled; and will be required to show your official student ID to the museum at the time of ticket purchase.

To purchase general tickets online, visit phxart.org/visit/tickets.   All museum guests are eligible to pay whatever they can on Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays, from 3 - 9 pm. 

Some exhibits may require a special ticket; see the museum website for details.

Attend Exhibitions and Installations of Asian Artists at the Phoenix Art Museum
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM  |  Art of Asia Galleries

Now through July 2023

A Tradition Redefined:
Gifts from the Li Family Collection of Chinese Painting

During the 20th century, Chinese ink painters experimented with a variety of techniques and subject matters to create works of art that speak to contemporary aesthetics, social issues, and personal expression from around the world. This installation features artworks that explore the evolution of modern Chinese ink painting.


PHOENIX ART MUSEUM  |  Art of Asia Galleries

Now through November 2023

Beauty and Function:
Japanese Folk Art From the Mayro-Strelitz Collection

In 1920s Japan, philosophers and craftspeople created the concept of mingei, or folk art, to challenge the narrow definition of art and uplift the beauty of everyday objects created by average people.


PHOENIX ART MUSEUM  |  Art of Asia Galleries

Now through November 2023

Demonic, Divine Human:
Japan's Noh Theatre

Incorporating music, dance, and drama, Noh is a form of classical Japanese theater that portrays stories, myths, and historical episodes. Noh’s all-male troupes of actors traditionally wore masks to express emotion and symbolism. This installation showcases the work of print artists who conveyed scenes of divine, demonic, and animal characters drawn from Noh plays.


PHOENIX ART MUSEUM  |  Art of Asia Galleries

Now through November 2023

Exquisite Enamels:
Gifts of Japanese Cloisonné from Waynor and Laurie Rogers

Artists began creating cloisonné centuries ago in Europe. From there, techniques spread throughout the Middle East to China and Japan. Utilizing fine wires and glass paste, cloisonné artists created richly colored surface patterns on a variety of objects. This installation showcases outstanding examples of Japanese cloisonné from the 19th century, when cloisonné enamel techniques peaked on the island and wares became a successful export.


PHOENIX ART MUSEUM  |  Khanuja Family Sikh Heritage Gallery

Now through November 2023

Princely States of the Punjab: 
Sikh Art and History

In the 19th century, the Sikh empire flourished in the Punjab region of northwest India. Ruled by locals in alliance with the British Raj, these states and their palatial courts attracted artists, poets, and musicians. This latest exhibition in the Khanuja Family Sikh Heritage Gallery illuminates the regal stature of the period’s Sikh rulers through examples of state portraiture, precious jewelry, and military photography.

Around the Community - AAPI Month at Phoenix College


Engage with the work of a well-known artist whose story of self-discovery has special meaning for AAPI month.

215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
Mon.                  Open on select days only  (see website)
Tue. – Sun.        9 am – 4 pm

Museum admission is $17, for most visitors.  Enter the exhibits at no additional charge.  Museum members, and children under one year of age, enter for free.  

Visit the Children's Museum of Phoenix
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX  |  Monroe Gallery, 2nd Floor

MAY 5 - 7;  9 - 14; 16 - 21

Nancy Chong

Explore the work of Nancy Chong, an abstract painter who currently lives in Arizona.

Chong was born in Seoul, South Korea, and migrated to the U.S. at age 6.  As she became immersed in a new culture, she relied on visual cues to navigate an unknown environment.  Chong's artistic talent became central to her identity at an early age; and remains so as her life evolves.  Today, she reflects on her art by saying it's "been my therapy, solace and comfort where I can freely play, experiment, explore boundaries and rediscover my youth and vitality." 

Her story, and her work, will inspire visitors of all ages.

Around the Community - AAPI Month at Phoenix College


Explore exhibits and installations showcasing the talent of Asian artists and craftspeople. 

1125 N. 3rd Ave, Phoenix 
Mon.                Closed
Tue. – Sun.      9 am – 4 pm  (last general admission entry at 3:30 pm)


Visit japanesefriendshipgarden.org.  Purchasing tickets online, and in advance, is strongly recommended.  Special discount rates apply to students, veterans, youth and small children...bring your ID, if applicable.  Tickets purchased at the door may be subject to higher fees, and limited by availability.

Special Events and Workshops require a separate ticket; learn more below.


Visit Phoenix's Japanese Friendship Garden

Offered Year-Round

Discover the Garden

The garden is a tranquil setting where you'll soon forget that you're only a few moments from campus.  The space features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. Stroll the garden paths, enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful fish.



Weekends in May

May Workshops & Special Events

Special tickets, which are limited and sold separately from General Garden Tickets, are required to join these events.   See the above link to learn more about:

Samurai Night
Fri, May 5: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Art of Samurai Workshop 
Sat, May 6: 11 – 12:30 pm

Let's Build a Gundam
Sat, May 6: 10 – 11:30 am

Aikido in the Garden
Sat, May 13:  9  – 10 am
Sat, May 20:  9  – 10 am

Mother's Day Mini Ikebana
Sun, May 14:  9  – 11 am

Cool Nihongo
Sat, May 20:  9  – 10 am