HYE CULTURAL OUTREACH PROGRAM
One great way to effectively contribute to the dissemination and popularization of the best of the Armenian cultural achievements, we believe, is ensuring their availability at libraries and universities across the world.
Currently, we offer two award-winning multimedia DVDs “Aram Khachaturian: The Life & Works,” and “Armenian Genocide: 1915-1923″, as well as the more recent “Komitas: The Life & Works” all-in-one multimedia DVD, which, to date, is perhaps the most complete presentation of the founder of modern Armenian classical music. We strongly encourage the supporters of Armenian culture to donate them to their choice of educational institutions. Pick a school, university and/or a library in the U.S or abroad, and we will deliver your gift of knowledge and cultural wealth. Our donation forms provide you with the option of donating your choice of gifts (such as “Komitas: The Life & Works,” “Aram Khachatrian: The Life & Works,” “Armenian Genocide: 1915-1923″) to an educational/cultural institution. This initiative is a part of our new Hye Cultural Outreach Program.
For over a decade, the Shahan Natalie Family Foundation, a California-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been organizing events which educate, enrich, and foster appreciation for Armenian culture in international communities worldwide. In the spring of 2011, we embarked on a fresh initiative, Hye Cultural Outreach Program, to expand our outreach efforts.
As a primary objective, artists, scholars and other professionals are being invited to the U.S. to share their knowledge and expertise about the millennial Armenian cultural heritage, enhanced by state-of-the-art technologies. These lectures and presentations are recorded and made available online with the purpose of reaching local and international audiences.
The initial phase of Hye Cultural Outreach Program (May-June, 2011) took place in Northern and Southern California cities through Komitas All-In-1 presentations. Garegin Chugaszyan, Executive Director of the Information Technoligies Foundation, was invited from Armenia to present award-winning CD/DVD-ROMs: “Komitas: the Life & Works,” “Aram Khachaturian: the Life & Works,” “Paruyr Sevak: Those Are My Words,” and “Armenian Genocide: 1915-1923.”
Encouraged by the success and popularity of the California Tour of Komitas All-In-1, we are now planning an East Coast Tour in October 2011. The 18-day tour is anticipated to travel to six cities in RI, MA, CT, NJ, NY, and PA, along with members of the Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble performing live the well-loved folk tunes and compositions of Komitas Vardapet, the founder of modern Armenian classical music.