Exhibition by AGBU Aleppo “Martiros Saryan” Academy’s Students Opens in Yerevan

As part of the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a three-day exhibition, entitled Aleppo: Troublesome Daysof AGBU Aleppo’s Martiros Saryan Academy’s students’ paintings opened at the museum of children’s creations of the National Center of Aesthetics in Yerevan on February 18th. The exhibition was dedicated to the 60thanniversary of the foundation of the Academy. The exhibition was organized with the support of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the Syrian-Armenian Relief Coordination Center NGO. In her welcoming speech, the RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed gratitude to Hrazdan Tokmajian, the teacher of the Academy, who had moved to Aleppo 20 years ago, became the longstanding Director of the Academy and helped the Academy reach its high level of performance. Hranush Hakobyan granted the Arshile Gorky Medal of the RA Diaspora Ministry to Hrazdan Tokmajian for publicising Armenian art abroad, as well as for his immeasurable contribution to the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership. Hrazdan Tokmajian expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Diaspora for the prestigious award and for organizing the exhibition of Martiros Saryan Academy’s students’ paintings. Chairman of AGBU Aleppo, writer, pedagogue Hagop Mikayelian in his speech mentioned that the roots of the Academy, established in 1955, are so deep that even in a war it continues to keep its doors open and mitigate the sufferings of children in these difficult days. Aleppo-Armenian children Anna Maria Mubayed and Serli Sherhmelian, who have moved to the Homeland because of the civil war in Syria, performed during the exhibition. The exhibition ended with the screening of a video made by the students of the Academy greeting their compatriots in Armenia.




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