Among the many humanitarian and construction projects, which AGBU carried out in Gyumri after the devastating earthquake, a major initiative was the establishment of the Gyumri Art Academy in 1997. It houses the Film and Theater State Institute as well as the Gyumri branches of the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory and the Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts.

For years the AGBU has provided scholarships to the talented and needy students of the academy and continues its support of the Gyumri Art Academy to this day.

AGBU is also among the sponsors of the “Renaissance” international festival-contest of musician-performers organized annually by the Gyumri Art Academy.