Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America

Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world's great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrive in the United States.

The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities.This exhibition includes 28 textiles-flower cloths and embroidered story cloths- created by Hmong women highlighting needlework skills and cultural knowledge that had been passed down in cloth for generations. In addition to the intricate textiles on display, professional photographer, Peter Kastan will offer current day photographs that will bring these textiles to life with images of the Hmong people in their traditional clothing. 
Please join us for this beautiful and engaging exhibit.
April 9-19 (M-Th), 10-4 and
Saturday, April 14, 11-2
$5 donation requested

An Innovative Learning Environment

Cultural Advantages for the Community
Spring Branch Independent School District has built an art museum that is one of the most innovative learning environments and community resources in the United States. It houses a collection of art and artifacts valued at more than $2,000,000.00, comprising over 600 works from around the world. Read more about this outstanding opportunity to support arts education.

Programs at AYAM are generously brought to you by First Junior Women's Club of Houston and our wonderful Museum Sponsors.

A Meaningful Experience

The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum collects, exhibits and interprets the art of world cultures in all mediums and periods. Working in collaboration with district administrators, educators and community members to coordinate exhibits and school curricula the Museum strives to be both meaningful and relevant to all grade levels and areas of academia through its exhibits and programs and offers learning opportunities and cultural advantages to the entire community in order to enrich the educational and cultural environment of Spring Branch.

Study Trips, Road Shows and First Saturdays

Study trips to the museum are scheduled for all second graders from the 25 elementary schools in SBISD for the fall.  

A Road Show for first graders featuring works from the museum will be offered to all SBISD elementary schools in the spring.  

The first Saturday of the month we host "First Saturday" Open Houses.

During the summer kids 4-11 join us for Tall Tales and Art.

Fall and Spring Workshops are also offered for adults. Ranging from basket weaving to "How to look at a piece of art". They're always fun and educational.

Funding for these programs has been provided by the Spring Branch Education Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the First Junior Woman's Club of Houston, and our wonderful museum members.

Where are we located?
901 Yorkchester, Houston, Texas  77079

From Downtown:
Take I-10 west, exit Kirkwood. Turn left under the Freeway, and left onto feeder, stay on feeder, turn right on Yorkchester, right on Britoak, and left into the long drive between the playground and the ball fields. The Museum is located on the north side of the Westchester Academy, behind the temporary buildings . Look for the amazing mural welcoming you in!


Spring Sessions

February 3rd

March 3rd

April 7th

$2 per artist

Artists we love!

Each month we focus on a different artist and create a piece in that reflects their style.


Georgia O'Keeffe


M.C. Escher

Hope to see you!