FAR was recently mentioned on the front page of The Armenian Mirror-Spectator for our efforts to help Dilijan State Art College fulfill their “wish list” of musical instruments needed for their students.

After receiving support from the Mirak-Weissbach Foundation and the Galust Galo Fund, FAR was able to donate 37 instruments, including pianos, violins, clarinets, flutes, trumpets, drums, duduks and pipes to the school.

“It’s a gift, a gift from heaven. We have been dreaming about this for such a long time,” said Hasmik Mkrtumyan, the school’s provost. Obtaining new musical instruments was a great financial hurdle for the school, which they couldn’t overcome. “Many of our instruments were well worn and sounded like it, hampering what would otherwise have been many beautiful performances by our students. So, replacing them was a priority for us.”

FAR has supported Dilijan’s students for some time by covering transportation costs and providing stipends to eligible students.

The article, written by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach who, along with her husband Michael, manage the Mirak-Weissbakh Foundation, also draws attention to the building’s condition, which has fallen into disrepair. The college’s staff has even drafted another wish list in hope of finding financial support for renovations.