The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian diaspora. Through the vision of its leaders and the generous support […]
Promoting culture and the arts has been the cornerstone of AGBU’s programming efforts for over a century. In 2012, AGBU established the Performing Arts Department (PAD) to directly oversee this dimension of its efforts. Since its establishment, PAD has connected young Armenian artists worldwide and introduced Armenian art to diverse audiences. It has also organized […]
October 14 2014
WHAT WE DO
The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting young Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s emerging and established artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Our flagship programs create opportunities and recognition for emerging and established artists worldwide and include the Musical Armenia Program, the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition, the AGBU Performing Artists in Concert and the Jazz Concert Series.
"6 Short Films" by Armenian Filmmakers at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
After a successful screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2015, AGBU Performing Arts held the second edition of “6 Short Films,” showcasing the work of six award-winning Armenian filmmakers, some of whom have benefited from the AGBU Scholarship Program. These talented young artists are graduates of some of the most prestigious film schools, including Columbia University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and UCLA, and have screened their films at renowned festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Pomegranate Film Festival, the Sunset Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others.
The event took place on Thursday, November 17 at the Francesca Beale Theater in New York City. The over 100 people in attendance enjoyed “Man of God” by Viktoria Aleksanyan, “The Fifth Column” by Vatche Boulghourjian, “Red Apples” by Ophelia Harutyunyan, “Through The Eyes of Children” by Anna Maria Mouradian, “My Dad Who Cries at Movies” by Jesse Soursourian and “Our Turn” by Martiros Vartanov. Following the screening, the filmmakers took part in a Q&A session, moderated by producer/director Stephanie Ayanian, co-owner of storyshop, who is currently developing “A New Armenia,” a 60-minute PBS documentary presenting compelling stories about a cross-section of Armenian Americans who are advancing their culture today through arts, language, religion, business, and politics.
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The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s emerging and established Armenian artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Check out our artist directory to browse by region, discipline and more.