Members of the executives of the Tekeyan Cultural Associations of Armenia and the United States and Canada meet

Tekeyan Central Committees of Armenia and US and Canada Meet

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Members of the executives of the Tekeyan Cultural Associations of Armenia and the United States and Canada meet

YEREVAN – Members of the Central Board of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada met with their counterparts of Armenia on May 15 at the Tekeyan Center to discuss policies and future joint activities.

The participating members of Tekeyan Armenia included President Rouben Mirzakhanyan and board members Armen Elbakyan, Vahagn Hasmikyan, Kurken Gevorkyan, Stepan Stepanyan, Ara Hakobyan, Sergey Vardanyan, Haroutyun Khachaturyan and Executive Director Gayane Muradyan.

The participating members from the US and Canada included President Edmond Y. Azadian, Hagop Vartivarian, Kevork Marashlian, Kevork Keushkerian, Silva Keushkerian and Executive Director Aram Arkun.

Azadian opened the meeting and reviewed the past activities of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) in Armenia. He declared that in this new revolutionary period of Armenian life, TCA should have more extensive activity and a greater role in people’s lives. This meeting, he said, was an opportunity to strengthen the already existing bonds of cooperation.

The introduction of the capitalist system to Armenia and privatization led to the weakening of support of the Armenian cultural sphere, which nonprofit non-governmental organizations must try to bolster in this period. TCA of the US and Canada, he said, is ready to provide support, as it does in some parts of the Middle East and Europe.

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Mirzakhanyan then welcomed the visitors to Armenia and thanked them for their financial support of the Tekeyan annual cultural awards. He pointed out that for a variety of reasons Tekeyan’s activities in Armenia over the last two or three years were not as extensive as before and that they must now increase.

Mirzakhanyan proposed coming up with plans for new cultural programs that would have great éclat and value both in Armenia and abroad. Supporting education should also be a priority, he said.

Cooperation in promoting Armenian drama groups and scholarships were the two initial proposals that the two Tekeyan organizations agreed to explore.

 

 

 

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