Founded in 1987 as a cultural institution focusses on China, the Crane House now offers programs related to the history and culture of peoples throughout Asia. The center is part of the Kentucky Arts Council's efforts to bring educational opportunities to the city and region. Scholars and students work through the Crane House to reach nearby Asian communities and offer resources that help them share and preserve their history and cultural heritage.
Helen Lang established the Institute in 1987 and over the past 25 years, it has grown to become one of the premier Asian cultural centers in the central United States. The center changed their name to the Asia Institute in 1996 to better reflect the expanding mission of the organization to include all Asian cultures.
The Institute offers a variety of program for area educators and reaches over 50,000 Louisville-area children each year. The Institute also works to promote partnerships among area businesses and political leaders. The Institute also operates the Teaching in Asia program and a variety of oral history programs that record and preserve the experience and perspective of area residents of Asian descent.
History of the Crane House, Crane House website, accessed 5/21/17 http://www.cranehouse.org/history.php