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I N   T H I S   I S S U E
- We Want Europe in Artsakh
- Hye Geen Centers turn 15
- AGBU Armenia launches EU-funded BRIDGE4CSOs Program  
- AGBU benefactor Vahe Karapetyan on bridging Armenia and the Diaspora
- YSIP 2017 kicks off in Yerevan
- AGBU Armenia Events

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N E W S
WE WANT EUROPE IN ARTSAKH
AGBU Europe has launched an appeal calling on the European Union and European aid organizations to engage with the population of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). AGBU Armenia organized a press briefing with the participation of Artsakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan, AGBU Armenia director Talar Kazanjian, and AGBU Europe representatives Nicolas Tavitian and Shahnur Minasyan. 
Read more
here. Sign the appeal here. 
Chris Cornell - The Promise (Official Video)
CHRIS CORNELL'S "THE PROMISE" VIDEO RELEASED
Before he tragically passed away last month, Chris Cornell was determined to continue with his Promise to shed light on the plight of refugees and enduring spirit of survivors. His work with International Rescue Committee and his attachment to The Promise brought his compassion to the forefront. His final video "The Promise" has been released recently with truly touching visuals. 
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TUMOxAGBU GYUMRI CENTER WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES
On June 6, TUMOxAGBU Gyumri Center welcomed the students, staff, community members and officials at the groundbreaking ceremony, marking the official start of construction works for the Center's new premises at Gyumri's historic first theater. 
See the Facebook post 
here. 
AGBU HYE GEEN CENTERS TURN 15 
AGBU Hye Geen Pregnant Women’s Centers celebrate 15 years of service in Armenia! By bringing free, high-quality pre- and post-natal care and counseling to Armenia’s most impoverished regions, Hye Geen 4 centers prepare expectant mothers for all that will come both during and after pregnancy.
See the Facebook post here.
AVC: ONE YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE RUSSIAN-ARMENIAN SLAVONIC UNIVERSITY  
13 students from RAU’s Departments of Management and International Relations, who were studying AVC’s Eastern Armenian course for the past academic year, were awarded with AVC Language Certificates. Read more here.
SOFTWARE IN HEALTHCARE: 
YPtalks WITH NERSES OHANYAN 

AGBU Young Professionals Yerevan team in cooperation with Kolba Innovations Lab hosted an interactive public talk about software in healthcare industry with an experienced professional in the field - Nerses Ohanyan, Vice President of Software Products at Vineti.
See our FB post here. 
To join AGBU YP Yerevan click
here.
"ARI TUN" PARTICIPANTS VISIT AGBU ARMENIA
AGBU Armenia and AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) hosted the first group of Armenian Diaspora Ministry's "Ari Tun" program participants.
More photos here. 
E V E N T S

 

CLASSIC FRENCH CINEMA - 2017
"PICKPOCKET"

As part of the Classic French Cinema series co-organized by AGBU ArmeniaAlliance Française d'Arménie and AFG Film Club, we screened Bresson's "Pickpocket" and once again enjoyed that masterpiece of world cinema. 
See the event photos here.
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH
THE BEAUTIFIED PROJECT

AGBU Armenia hosted a sold-out acoustic concert of The Beautified Project on June 5, for which the fans of the band have been waiting for over a year.  See the event photos here.
THE MAN AND HIS CELLO:
ARTYOM MANUKYAN AT AGBU

We enjoyed the incredible sounds of Artyom Manukyan's music. Special guests of the evening were Arman Jalalyan and Arthur Grigoryan. 
See the event photos here.
"FROM DOMIKS TO RESILIENT SOLUTIONS" BY TUFF ARMENIA
The University of Virginia (UVa) students and faculty are working to restore residential areas of Gyumri, Armenia. Many Gyumri residents live in rundown, temporary structures called domiks. UVa's Tuff Armenia project team held their "FROM DOMIKS TO RESILIENT SOLUTIONS" presentation and photo exhibition to share the  results of their research, as well as the timeline of their future activities in Gyumri's southern Domik district.
See the event photos here. 
Read the full article here
"DESERT'S SORROWFUL MELODY" 
PRESENTED AT AGBU ARMENIA

Presentation of “Desert’s Sorrowful Melody: Bedouin Armenians in Nourhan Balian’s Photographs” photo album, published in Syria through AGBU's financial assistance, took place on June 26 at AGBU Armenia
See the event photos here. 
More about the book here.
B R I D G E   F O R   C S O s
Bringing Real Impact with Diaspora Global Engagement
AGBU ARMENIA LAUNCHES EU-FUNDED BRIDGE4CSOs PROGRAM  
AGBU Armenia has officially launched its BRIDGE for CSOs program implemented in partnership with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and financed by the European Union. The three-year program with a total budget of EUR 2.2 million aims to strengthen the capacity of Armenian civil society organisations  to better respond to citizens' needs.
Read more
 here. 
Learn more about BRIDGE4CSOs here.
P E R S P E C T I V E
Vahe Karapetian 
Վահե Կարապետյան․ կամրջելով Սփյուռքն ու Հայաստանը
AGBU BENEFACTOR VAHE KARAPETIAN'S PERSPECTIVE ON BRIDGING ARMENIA AND THE DIASPORA
The AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center, officially opened in June of 2014, serves as a residence for AGBU’s youth and cultural programs' participants and young researchers. This center has also been utilized by AGBU Armenia as a venue of various social and cultural events and activities. 
The Center provides support and office space to the Center for Coordination of Syrian Armenian Issues NGO (CCSAI) and houses the AGBU Claudia Nazarian Medical Center, a free walk-in polyclinic offering gynecology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and pediatrics services. 
E D U C A T I O N A L  &  Y O U T H   P R O G R A M S

AGBU YSIP 2017 KICKED OFF 
AGBU's Yerevan Summer Internship Program 2017 kicked off with an orientation session at AGBU Armenia. 28 students from around the world will spend six weeks in Armenia interning in some of the best companies and organizations in Yerevan.
See our Facebook post here.
See photos of YSIP 2017 interns touring AGBU Armenia building.

AGBU'S MANOOGIAN-DEMIRDJIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ARMENIA
Students of the A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School of Canoga Park, CA, visited Armenia for sightseeing and to get acquainted with the everyday life of their homeland. Read about their fundraising efforts to help Syrian-Armenians and Artsakh war veterans here. See our Facebook post here.

AGBU ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SUMMER TERM - 2017
The AGBU Armenian Virtual College is pleased to announce Summer Term 2017. The classes start on July 24, 2017. The courses offered are Eastern and Western Armenian Languages, Armenian History, Armenian Culture (Architecture and Music) and Chess. The courses are available in multiple levels and in seven languages of instruction.
For more details about enrollment and classes, please click
here.

A G B U   G L O B A L

 

AGBU FOCUS 2017 GOES TO BEIRUT
From August 3 to 6, Beirut will host the AGBU FOCUS meeting, a world-class event that brings together young Armenian professionals from around the world for a weekend of culture, nightlife and connectivity in a city known for its elegance, sophistication and rich culture. Read more here.
AGBU PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT HOLDS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MUSIC SCHOOLS IN ARTSAKH
“What Have You Done for Artsakh?” benefit concert held at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York featured mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian; violinist Sami Merdinian; as well as pianist and AGBU Performing Arts Department director Hayk Arsenyan, and boasted a varied program with traditional Armenian pieces and lullabies alongside Argentine tangos and Afro-Cuban dances.
Read more 
here.
U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S
JULY 19: CONCERT: Yervand Margaryan Quartet (19:30)
JULY 25: CONCERT: Armen Hyusnunts Jazz Quartet (19:30)
JULY 26-27: PERFORMANCE: Hamlet Machine (19:30)
JULY 28: CONCERT: AGBU Musical Armenia Program Gala Concert (19:00) 
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