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.