BY PATTYL APOSHIAN KASPARIAN
Not long ago, I would have said Pierre-Auguste Renoir had little in common with today’s Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF). So learning about the last three decades of his life was an eye-opening experience in more ways than one.
During this period, Renoir, like the ACF, faced many challenges. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and doctors recommended he move to an area with a different climate. His response was inspiring. He not only adapted to the changed environment, but he also took advantage of the new setting in a series of landscapes.
As his physical condition deteriorated, he made a tough choice. He said, “I can either walk or paint,” since each required so much of his stamina. He narrowed his focus on painting.
He continued to adapt and adjusted his surroundings to his limited physical ability. Since some of his paintings were too large to paint from a wheelchair, he had an apparatus designed to allow the canvas to move within his reach.
While he’s best known for his painting, he also was a gifted sculptor. As this became too physically difficult, Renoir collaborated; working with someone whose capabilities complemented his own. Renoir would guide and direct a sculptor who would work with him.
In this same three-decade era, Renoir’s oldest two sons served in World War I, both sustaining injuries. His wife died. All in all, this could have been viewed as a terrible time in the artist’s life. He continued. He persevered.
The Armenian Cultural Foundation makes tough choices every day. We continue to adapt. We focus. We collaborate. We build on our foundation. We educate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
We stand proud as we advance on the same vision and mission we were established 120 years ago. We strive to advance the principles of democracy, economic justice and social equality. We strive to safeguard and develop our multi-faceted culture on foreign land. We work towards these goals every day. We continue to expand our services and cultivate new opportunities for our youth. We support and encourage political, education, social and athletic development.
We take what little we have and move forward because we have the most important asset that no other organization can compete with.
We have YOU—our most central and prized asset.
In 2010, the Armenian Cultural Foundation celebrates the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s 120 years of uninterrupted service to the preservation and enrichment of Armenian culture and national heritage.
Without your confidence in our strength and integrity, reaching this milestone would have been impossible.
Please save the date and join us on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton as we celebrate 120 years of service, commitment and growth.