Armenian Academy of Los Angeles Inaugural Gala Banquet

LOS ANGELES–The Inaugural Gala-Banquet of the Armenian Academy of Los Angeles (AALA) is set for Friday–April 1–at the Deukmejian Hall of the Ararat Home Complex in Mission Hills.

The Inaugural Gala is the Academy’s first major public event–aimed at presenting a community-wide audience the goals and mission of the Academy’s Board of Directors–while at the same time raising funds for the ongoing planning–development–and major fundraising activities of the Board. The Gala Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Noubar Afeyan–CEO of Flagship Ventures in Cambridge Mass.–and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr. Afeyan is one of the principle forces behind the Armenian 2020 Project.

The AALA is a unique Armenian academic institution aiming to serve its student clientele with a combination of top-level academics and a rich Armenian studies experience. It will distinguish itself by its focus on a rigorous college-prep experience on par with that offered at the best public and private high schools in Southern California. The Academy is an independent–non-affiliated college-preparatory high school that will serve students in grades 9 through 12.

At the heart of the Academy’s mission is its dual curriculum program. Not only will students choose from an array of traditional prep-school courses and electives–they will also have a rich selection of Armenian subjects–from language and literature to history–culture and the arts. Part of the Academy’s mission is to create an interactive learning environment by infusing traditional classwork with hands-on workshops and discussion sessions conducted by distinguished scientists–artists–and activists. The coursework will emphasize the importance of innovation and critical thinking skills.

The Gala will feature the premier of the Academy PR video highlighting Dr. Vartan Gregorian–and the live performances of three commissioned artistic works. "Just as the Academy is a unique institution–based on originality and innovation–so will the artistic program of our Gala consist of commissioned–original works: a music piece–a dance piece–and a theatrical performance" says Aram Kouyoumdjian–program director for the Gala. An exhibition of Armenian artwork will also be showcased.

For more information–ticket reservations or event sponsorship–please call the Gala Committee at 818-293-0010–or e-mail at committee@armenianacademyofla.org.

The cocktail hour starts at 7 pm–followed by dinner at 8 pm–and the presentations at 9 pm. Individual tickets are $150.

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