HOLLYWOOD — The wide scope and visionary initiative of the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California was highlighted during its Inaugural Gala on Sunday, December 9, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, as more than 1,000 supporters, community leaders and public officials gathered on the heels of the museum’s Groundbreaking Campaign launch.
The objective of the evening was to raise awareness and funds to bolster the ambitious one-of-a-kind project that will be a world-class cultural and educational center. The mission of the structure will be to foster understanding of the diversity in America by conveying the Armenian-American experience. The museum will feature a permanent Armenian exhibition, traveling multicultural exhibitions, performing arts theater, a learning center, archives, a café and a gift shop, in order to be accessible to the general public that appreciates history and cultural ethnicities.
Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Fox 11 Morning News Anchor and Reporter Araksya Karapetyan expressed support for the “landmark” project in her remarks and stressed the importance of carrying on a legacy.
“Armenian-American leaders had a vision of how to pass on our heritage and that’s how the idea was born,” she said. “The museum will bring people together and celebrate the rich tapestry that makes up what this rich country is about.”
Born and raised in Armenia, Karapetyan spoke of her journey to Southern California and her rise in the media industry, while always preserving her Armenian heritage, ultimately seeking to do the same for the generations to come.
“My roots are firmly planted in my homeland as is my heart,” said Karapetyan. “My connection is strong all these years later.”