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[BCPP]: Berd Extracurricular Groups Reveal Young Talents image

As thousands of Armenian children packed their bags for summer getaways, our hobby group students find inspiration back at school. With sparkling eyes and beaming smiles, they hurry to class to paint, to learn Armenian folk music and to prepare songs and dances for performances. They especially love exploring topics such as the motherland, religion, sightseeing, favorite cartoons, and animals.

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[BCPP]: “No Candy, Mom, Get Me Some Thread Instead” image

15-year-old twins Nare and Meline are members of a Chinari hobby group operated by FAR’s “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program” (BCPP)* in the Tavush region. The twins, along with other members of the Chinari and Aygepar hobby groups, recently displayed their handmade works at exhibitions held in their village. The BCPP hobby groups provide much-needed extracurricular activities in the border region and introduce children to a variety of sports and art forms otherwise unavailable to them.

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[FAR Art Programs]: FAR Supports Music Competition in Yerevan standard

The International Violin Competition-Festival was held in Yerevan at the end of December. Twenty-six young and talented violinists competed for four days at the festival, which was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Emeritus Hrachya Bogdanyan, a man who had great influence in the arts throughout Armenia’s Soviet years. Three talents won in the 16 and under category; eight musicians in the 16-30 age group also placed in the competition. FAR has partnered with Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas for more than 15 years through such projects as the Arsen Sayan Scholarship, which supports of its several students, and funding for last year’s Doudouk Competition. FAR has also helped with conservatory renovations. When the Conservatory came up the idea for ...

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[FAR Art Programs]: Tatev Children’s Choir Celebrates 20 Years standard

Always committed to fostering the arts in Armenia, FAR has supported the Tatev Children’s Choir for 15 years by helping to fund its various activities. Recently, the choir celebrated its 20th anniversary, along with the 70th birthday of founder and Director Maestro Vachagan Navasardyan, who has spent 50 years working in music. FAR helped the children to arrange a beautiful concert to celebrate the occasion. The images below share some of the highlights. FAR congratulates Maestro Navasardyan and the Tatev choir singers for 20 years of success. All our best to you in the future and beyond!

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[FAR Art Programs]: New Instruments to Enhance Music Education Program standard

Last month, the students of Sistema Armenia received four new cellos, three violas, one violin, and a number of music stands. The instruments were purchased through the crowdfunding efforts of OneArmenia and will allow the children to reach their full potential through the power of music. We are happy to have helped deliver the new instruments to Armenia as we believe strongly in Sistema Armenia’s mission to bring about social change through music.

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[FAR Art Programs]: Young Musicians Show their Talent standard

Young musicians from throughout the country last month gathered at Yerevan State Conservatory to participate in a contest for young clarinetists. For six days, students gathered to compete before a special committee in honor of the distinguished artist and the late conservatory professor Abgar Muradyan. The contest concluded with a gala concert at Small Philharmonic Hall, which was erected in honor of Arno Babajanyan. The concert opened with a brief film about Abgar Muradyan. Twenty-two year old Arsen Grigoryan from Stepanakert, won the first prize and received 200,000 AMD. Sergey Abrahamyan, 19, from Yerevan, won the second prize and received 150,000 AMD. Avetiq Ghazaryan, 24, also from Yerevan, won the third prize and received 100,000 AMD. Serob Asatryan, a second-year ...

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[FAR Art Programs]: Social Change Through Music standard

We’re pleased to announce that FAR is supporting a new civic education initiative spearheaded by Sistema Armenia, a music education program founded by Boston-based pianist Anna Mikaelian Meschian and inspired by the famed El Sistema model. The program is currently in active development phase and will open its doors in September 2013. Through innovative programming, Sistema Armenia will connect youth and musicians within Armenia to each other, as well as to musicians throughout the world. Students and teaching artists will participate in regular workshops, online mentorship opportunities, and peer-to-peer teaching, allowing them to receive and share valuable expertise. El Sistema originated in Venezuela 38 years ago. It is an after-school music education model, where ensemble music-making is the vehicle for ...

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[FAR Art Programs]: Yerevan Artists Find Inspiration along the Kasakh River. standard

Although Armenia has four seasons, its longest and most remarkable is autumn when forests are filled with the colors that are so bright, their hues so diverse that they seem to envelop the world. Through FAR’s Fine Art Painter’s Program,* eight artists were able to participate in a day trip to the Kasakh River in the Aragatsotn Province.  They included FAR Gulamerian Program beneficiary Aleksander Nefedov, who is currently working on completing his master’s degree at Yerevan Fine Art Academy. “When I was offered the opportunity to participate in a visit to that beautiful corner of nature, I immediately agreed. Nowadays it’s not easy to go outside of the city to work. Also, I have always dreamed of being able ...

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[FAR Art Programs]: When Beauty and Purpose Meet. standard

I always have a similar feeling when I join the group of painters who are part of FAR’s Fine Art Painter’s Program.* Together we set off to visit one of Armenia’s picturesque places for a day. On one hand, I am excited to spend time with my mother Armenia. I’m also thrilled by the prospect of discussing with Armenian artists the art world and thinking about its future developments. This time we were headed to Amberd, an 11th century fortress complex built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats, 2,300 meters above sea level. With the exception of the occasional shepherd and beekeeper, the road leading up to the fortress is virtually uninhabited. Wild flowers and great views occupy its gently ...

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[FAR Art Programs]: Artists Enjoy Spring’s “Open Air.” standard

Spring is at its peak in Armenia. Every day nature fills people’s hearts with hope, joy and color. Artists feel those colors strongly and they need to be close to nature, an opportunity that FAR’s Fine Art Painter’s Program provides. For more than ten years, FAR has organized daylong excursions for local artists. This particular trip, which was called “Plain Air” or “Open Air,” differed from previous ones in that most of its participants were women. Artyusha Avetyan, a representative of the Artists’ Union of Armenia, selected a group, which included experienced artists and students from the Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts. All of them spent one unforgettable day in the neighborhood of Ashtarak, near a 17th century bridge, painting ...

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