The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Health & Wellness “The Art and Science of Tai Chi & Qi Gong” Presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 – Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM


Cai Guo-Qiang, Odyssey, 2010, gunpowder and pigment on paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum commission with funds provided by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, and the Chao Family in honor of Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao, with additional funds from Friends of Asian Art 2010. © Cai Guo-Qiang

Presented by M. Kay Garcia, associate professor, department of palliative, rehabilitation, and integrative medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center

On any given morning, thousands of people perform the ancient practices of tai chi and qi gong in parks throughout the world. Sometimes called “moving meditation,” the gentle exercises help focus the mind while synchronizing the breath with slow, rhythmic body movements.

This program begins with an overview of traditional Chinese medicine, focusing on tai chi and qi gong. Following a discussion about scientific evidence related to the health benefits of the exercises, you may participate in a practice session of your own! Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes that allow for easy movement.

About the Presenter

M. Kay Garcia, DrPH, is an associate professor and licensed acupuncturist. Since 2003, she has been treating patients and conducting research evaluating acupuncture for symptom management in cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai. She began studying tai chi in the 1980s, and has been teaching tai chi and qi gong to patients and caregivers at MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2015.

This program is free! Space is limited. Reserve your spot today: Contact AEprograms@mfah.org to RSVP. Drop-ins are permitted if space is available; please check the website in advance, in case the event is full.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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