Armenian American Museum Welcomes Diaspora Minister

Armenian Minister of the Diaspora gets Museum Presentation
Armenia's Diaspora MInister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan with the Armenian American Museum Governing Board

Armenia’s Diaspora MInister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan with the Armenian American Museum Governing Board

GLENDALE—Armenian American Museum officials welcomed Armenia’s Minister of Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan to the City of Glendale on his first official visit to the Los Angeles community.

The momentous meeting began with a presentation about the Armenian American Museum’s mission, program, and design by Museum Executive Chairman Berdj Karapetian and Architect Aram Alajajian. Karapetian discussed the Governing Board’s vision for a cultural and educational center that will be a community asset honoring the past, recognizing the present, and building the future. Alajajian discussed the inspiration for the Museum’s iconic design and its message of unity for the global Armenian community.

Diaspora Minister attends meeting of Armenian American Museum's Governing Board

Diaspora Minister attends meeting of Armenian American Museum’s Governing Board

“We are honored to welcome the Minister of Diaspora to the City of Glendale and have an opportunity to present the Armenian American Museum project,” stated Executive Chairman Karapetian. “The Museum is going to play a vital role in empowering our next generation, building our community’s future, and strengthening our Diaspora.”

Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan tours the Armenian American Museum site

Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan tours the Armenian American Museum site

Museum officials and Minister of Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan discussed opportunities for collaboration and how the Museum and Ministry can work together to strengthen ties between the Diaspora and Armenia. The Minister expressed his excitement and support for the project and recognized the cultural and educational center’s importance for the community.

“It makes me truly proud to see such a beautiful project and vision for the community with the Armenian American Museum,” stated Minister Hayrapetyan. “The Ministry is excited and looking forward to collaborating and working together with the Museum to strengthen ties between the Diaspora and Armenia.”

Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan Signs Armenian American Museum Plans

Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan Signs Armenian American Museum Plans

The meeting concluded with a tour of the future site of the Armenian American Museum in Glendale Central Park.

The Minister’s visit comes on the eve of a major milestone for the historic project. The Glendale City Council is scheduled to consider the Museum’s design, environmental, and entitlements on July 31st and is anticipated to take its final vote on the Ground Lease Agreement in August.

The Armenian American Museum is a developing project in Glendale, CA with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience. The Museum will serve as a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity and speak out against prejudice.

The governing board of the Armenian American Museum consists of representatives from the following ten Armenian American institutions and organizations: Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Armenian General Benevolent Union – Western District, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society – Western USA, Nor Or Charitable Foundation, Nor Serount Cultural Association, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, and Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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