By Aram Arkun
BOSTON — The Armenia Tree Project (ATP) celebrated its 20th anniversary in Boston with an elaborate banquet in the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse on November 8. Armenians flocked to the unusual venue, making it a success both financially and socially. The organization estimates that over 500 people were present, including almost 40 high school, college and graduate students sponsored by patrons. The event raised $450,000 toward a yearlong goal of $3 million.
The modern-looking courthouse building with beautiful views of the water was transformed by the Armenian presence that evening. The evening began with a cocktail reception which allowed guests to view 15 Armenian landscape paintings of Arthur Hovhannisyan, most fitting for an organization devoted to the environment, exhibited under the title “Land in Harmony.” A lecturer at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Hovhannisyan has participated in a number of international exhibitions. The exhibit, which first appeared as a preview at the Contemporary Art Gallery of the Armenian Museum of America on November 6-7, was curated by Zara Ouzounian-Halpin.