By Arto Khrimian
FOREST HILLS, N.Y. – New York City has become an important cultural center for Diaspora Armenians for more than 50 years thanks to its vibrant Armenian community with cultural organizations and private elementary and language schools. The Armenian Cultural Center of Forest Hills had been a notable participant among other organizations in their efforts to enrich our cultural and social life.
The Armenian Cultural Center of Forest Hills (ACCFH) — a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization — was founded in 1971 to foster Armenian culture in the Greater New York community, through such activities as lectures, literary events, educational classes, theatrical presentations, student talent shows, and social functions.
The founders were Dr. Sureyya (Suren) Naci Arkun, Ania Gross, Angel Hovagimian, Kevork Kahveciyan, George Mouradian, Vartkes Ovanesian, Hagop Puskul, Arshag Sahakian, Levon Tatevossian, and Aram Vartanian.
The presidents of the Executive Committee in chronological order were Arshag Sahakian, Levon Tatevossian, Hrant Saruhan, Frank Kabarajian, Josephine Bebirian, and Sirpuhi Mark.
In addition to the above, the following individuals on the Executive Committee of the ACCFH at different terms had made substantial contribution to elevate the organization to its heights: Seda Terzian, Baruyr Tezel, Onnik Nevruzian, Alis Kahveciyan, Silva Celiksu [Terjanian], Toros Celiksu, Hilda Biosyan [Sheshetian], Ayda Kabarajian, Walter Bebirian, Zabel Khrimian, and Arto Khrimian.