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Newcomers Reception

This casual event for first-time conference attendees will provide a quick overview of conference events to help you get the most out of your conference experience. You will also have the opportunity to meet GIA’s board members and staff. The conference opening reception will follow immediately after at the Poolside at ZaZa.

Opening Reception

Choro ao Ponto

The Opening Reception will take place Sunday evening at the Poolside at ZaZa. Representative of the city’s big-Texas style, Poolside at ZaZa offers a stunning atmosphere with chic cabanas, views of Mecom Fountain, and breathtaking views of the skyline.

Choro ao Ponto is Houston’s one and only authentic Brazilian Choro group. Choro had its origins in Rio de Janeiro, when street musicians combined African rhythms with traditional European dance genres like the waltz, mazurka, and polka.


IDEA LAB — Back by Popular Demand for 2014!

Monday and Tuesday breakfast plenary sessions will feature IDEA LAB, curated to provide some first-hand perspectives on new ways artists are creating work and new roles art is playing in society. These sessions will feature short TED-style presentations by artists, innovators, and others who have broken the rules, jumped outside the box, and charted their own paths.

This is still a work-in-progress. Check back for details on the artists to be featured.


The New York Times ranked Houston as a top U.S. city in cultural and culinary offerings. Some of the best new restaurants in the country are located here. Monday evening is your opportunity to try contemporary or traditional Houston cuisine. Join colleagues, new and old, at one of our recommended restaurants.


Dinner at Asia Society Texas Center

Asia Society Texas Center

On Tuesday evening, conference attendees will visit Asia Society Texas Center, a newly constructed $48.4 million building designed by Japan-born, Harvard-educated Yoshio Taniguchi previously known for his work on the Museum of Modern Art (New York) expansion and renovation.

The building’s functional spaces reflect the scope of Asia Society Texas Center’s mission of promoting understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia and increasing knowledge across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.

Asia Society will host a special preview this evening of the upcoming exhibition, Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi (October 25, 2014 — February 8, 2015). This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master.

Be sure to also check out Urban Asia: Kirk Pedersen. Pedersen’s photographic work explores the relationship between the global Asian city and the residents within it, as well as urbanization of the natural environs surrounding the spreading city.