NORK, ARAPKIR AND MALATYA CHILDREN’S CENTERS

In February 1993, AGBU and the Holy See of Etchmiadzin joined forces to establish three Children's Centers in Yerevan. These Centers provide art, computer, crafts, dance, gymnastics, history, language and music programs to local children after school hours and during the summer. All three Centers also house a chapel and host weekly church services and Bible studies. About 4,000 students, aged 4-21, are enrolled in the Children's Centers, which are overseen by an administrative staff of over 300. Presently, there are eight Children’s Centers operating in Armenia. In 2007, 13-year-old Marian Marukyan from the Nork Center was awarded the top prize during a ceremony at the United Nations in New York City for the International Children's Art Competition. Over the years, the AGBU Children's Centers Performing Arts Troupes have traveled to the US, Canada, Russia, Georgia, Uruguay, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, Lebanon and Malta to present their talents at various cultural events attracting tens of thousands of attendees. Students of the AGBU Children’s Centers actively and successfully participate in various festivals, exhibitions, award ceremonies, cultural and sport events. Among the notable events during 2011-12 were the junior Eurovision contest held in Yerevan, “Pomegranate Seed” national theatrical festival, applied arts exhibition in Moscow, the Delphi international games and the “World Children Games” held in Turkey. In 2014, students of the Nork Children’s Center’s Gevork Ginosyan Circus Troop joined Betty to represent Armenia at the Junior Eurovision Contest in Malta and came home with the third prize. On Yerevan’s 2796th birthday the staff of the Nork Children’s Center was awarded the Yerevan Gold Medal by the Mayor Taron Margaryan for the various cultural events and tireless contributions.