BOSTON — The Armenian Culture Connection (ACC) was founded six months ago in Boston.
“Our mission,” says founder Izabella Djevalikian, “is to connect with Armenian and other cultural organizations in Greater Boston to promote Armenian art and culture to the public at large.”
ACC’s first project was its Armenian Youth Chorus, directed by Artur Veranian, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed choral/orchestral conductor. The chorus debuted on May 19, at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Watertown, to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic’s independence.
ACC’s next event was the “Our Young Talents” concert on May 21, which was held at the First Parish of Watertown. Well-known pianist and teacher Levon Hovsepian donated his time to serve as the artistic director for the event. Thirty-six children of all ages performed Armenian music and poetry in front of some 180 people. The concert was broadcast by Watertown Cable TV.
“As the concert was a big success,” notes Djevalikian, “we hope to make Our Young Talents an annual spring event.”
Another ACC project was exhibiting the art of Shahen Zarookian and Bernard Djevalikian at the Beacon Hill Art Walk on Sunday, June 4, in Boston. In the near future, ACC is planning to hold exhibitions of various Armenian artists in other Boston area cities.