NEW YORK — The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) announced recently the launch of a website for its Performing Arts Department (PAD). PAD was founded in 2012 to oversee the organization’s culture and arts programs. Since its founding, PAD has connected young Armenian artists worldwide and introduced Armenian art to diverse audiences. It has also organized various cultural programs, including the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition and the Musical Armenia Program, as well as performances around the world.
The launch of the AGBU Performing Arts Department website is the next step in spreading awareness about Armenian arts and culture. With the goal of centralizing information, the website is intended for artists, educators, art enthusiasts and students to stay up to date on all of the department’s global news, activities, programs and events.
Along with a calendar of events, photo gallery, press coverage and information about PAD’s various programs, the website features a directory where visitors can browse a list of Armenian artists by region and discipline. This directory is the first of its kind in the Armenian community and aims to serve as a database for Armenian artists of every discipline (visual artists, musicians, composers, conductors, actors, singers, songwriters, etc.) working around the world. The website also includes the “Who’s On” section, which highlights the accomplishments of outstanding Armenian artists.
PAD is hopeful that the new website, especially its directory, will encourage collaboration among Armenian artists worldwide. “Our website represents the department’s most important purpose: to promote the work of Armenian artists. It serves as a portal for the artists themselves to find one another, work together and expose Armenian art to a wider audience. I’m proud of the work we’ve done in expanding our reach beyond the Armenian community and this website is another important step in this direction,” says PAD director, Hayk Arsenyan.
To find out more about PAD and its many initiatives, visitwww.agbuperformingarts.org. Artists who would like to submit their information to the directory are invited to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.