Cafesjian Center for the Arts Reports on 2010 Activities

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts as Yerevan's Cascade

YEREVAN—The Cafesjian Center for the Arts reviewed its operations results and achievements for the period between January to December 2010, a letter issued by the center’s press office indicated.

“The year 2010 has been important for us. It was the first full year of our operation as an arts center. This was a year, when CCA established itself as a credible arts institution enriching the cultural experience for the whole Armenia. We placed a particular emphasis on our programs, strengthening the ties between the public and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts by facilitating an active interaction between people and the arts,” said the Acting Executive Director of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts Vahagn Marabyan.

At the end of 2010 the overall attendance at CCA, including the exhibition galleries, the Special Events Auditorium and Cafesjian Sculpture Garden, from January through December, totaled over 950,000.

In the course of the year, two major exhibitions opened at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts: “Libensky Brychtova: Silhouettes of the ?own” and “Ivana Sramkova: Geometric Forms and Images.” “Both these exhibitions featured studio glass from the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection, revealing to the Armenian public the beauty and power of glass as a medium of artistic expression,” stated Marabyan.

In addition to the major exhibitions, in 2010 the Cafesjian Center for the Arts installed 17 new individual artworks, including the most recent addition to the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden, “Impala Leap” by British artist Saraj Guha, and in the Escalator Gallery the futuristic “Cafesjian Transporter” inspired by an idea suggested by Mr. Cafesjian and created by the CCA exhibition staff, an artwork that incorporates Cafesjian’s own 1992 Subaru SVX sports car. New presentations include a stainless steel sculpture titled “Spread Eagle” by American sculptor Jack Youngerman and works by other artists.

During the past year the Cafesjian Center for the Arts successfully developed and launched numerous programs. The Acting Executive Director noted the “Creativity and Imagination” children’s program, based on Ivana Sramkova’s “Geometric Forms and Images” exhibition as a particularly successful initiative. Over 2,000 children took part in this program in just two months of its existence – November-December 2010. According to Mr. Marabyan, the program is interactive and allows children to go beyond the role of passive spectators in museums, to participate in the creative process and enjoy art in a very personal way. “The program will continue into 2011. Many other programs are currently being developed for children to experience the joy and excitement of discovery in the arts”. The “Creativity and Imagination” program is currently presented on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is open to schools and families.

Another important program of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, launched in the second half of 2010, is the Cafesjian Classical Music Series which features a concert every Wednesday at the Special Events Auditorium. The series is directed by famous Armenian cellist Aram Talalyan. The Cafesjian Classical Music Series has featured not only such renowned names as Svetlana Navasardyan, Khachaturyan Trio and Armen Babakhanyan, but also has become a venue for young talent and premieres of modern composers. Overall, according to Mr. Marabyan, more than 1200 people attended the Cafesjian Classical Music Series. “In 2011 the Cafesjian Classical Music Series will continue to promote classical music, Armenian musicians and composers. We are proud of becoming an established venue for classical music performance offering a new tradition for concert-goers in Yerevan.”

“We have a vigorous programming schedule, including concerts where invariably quality music is performed. Our events in the “Encounters with Arts” series allow people to discover art, to appreciate its many and varied aspects, whether represented by architects, painters or writers. CCA will continue to follow its mission to ensure the very best cultural interface between Armenia and the world,” said Vahagn Marabyan.


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  1. manooshag said:

    Abrees, Cafesjian Center for the Arts… another exemplary presentation to the world of the intelligence and efforts to advance the arts in fledgling Armenia! Too, sharing arts with all the world thus inclusion of our ancient and advanced Armenian peoples who, recovering from the horrors of the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian nation – now able to bringing and sharing cultural advances with all the civilized nations… today!

  2. facts said:

    Simply just another unfinished project and building – decorating our capital, Yerevan!

    Nobody knows why the construction worked being stopped and where has gone millions of $ planed for a modern Center for the Arts- as promised by Cafesjian foundation. I would say many people have tried to make profit (male everything expensive), while Cafesjian foundation stated to finish the unfinished Cascade- that is why a lot of money being used for projet which remains unfinished and nothing but a “museum of Art” on the paper..

    I hope Cafesjian foundation will find ways and will to finish this project – despite corruption and different kinds of mismanagement in the country!

  3. Krikor said:

    this shoul be an example to follow by other important Armenian art personalities e.g. Gagosian Gallery enrich our culture . Recently, in Geneva, I visited Chabanian Gallery who stronglly supports young painters from Armenia.