ALMA Public Forum "Shared Views: Caring for Armenian Treasures"

Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc.
65 Main Street
Watertown MA 02472

Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175

On Sunday, August 19, the community is invited to a special
afternoon. At 4:00 p.m., the Armenian Library and Museum of America
(ALMA) and the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA) will
be hosting a public forum featuring museum managers from Armenia, as
well as ALMA curators Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian, and Ara
Ghazarians, the curator of the Armenian Cultural Foundation in
Arlington. The forum aims to discuss common goals and challenges
involving preservation of the cultural heritage in general, and ethnic
artifacts, in particular. Furthermore, forum participants will
address issues involving the use of new forms of technology to attract
publicity and increase museum attendance.

In conjunction with the forum, on that same afternoon from 3:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m., ALMA will be hosting a wine reception to mark the
opening of its new exhibit "GENATSED! Vine and Wine in the Armenian
Culture." The exhibit, curated by ALMA Curatorial Intern, Sarita
Olson, provides a look at Armenian viticulture history, wine
production, and the grape as an artistic motif. It showcases numerous
samples of art and architectural designs that incorporate the grape or
vine motif. This colorful exhibit will be on display through January
31, 2008.

The museum managers from Armenia represent ten cultural institutions
in the capital city Yerevan, as well as Byurakan, Gyumri, and
Yeghegnadzor: Yeghishe Charents Museum, Russian Art Museum, Yervand
Kochar Museum, Museum of Nature, Alexander Spendiaryan Memorial
Museum, Association of Museum Workers and Friends, Victor
Hambartsumyan Museum in Byurakan, Kumayri Museum, and Vayots Dzor
Museum. The museum managers are in the Greater Boston area as part of
their professional training program, hosted by CYSCA and administered
through World Learning, Inc. The training program, organized by CYSCA,
is aimed at improving museum management to preserve Armenia’s rich
national heritage and to promote tourism. During their three-week stay
in the US the group will visit major museums in the Greater Boston
area for seminars, presentations and workshops.

The forum is free and open to public. It will take place at ALMA’s
Contemporary Art Gallery at 65 Main Street in Watertown. For more
information or for the directions to the Museum please visit
or contact ALMA offices 617.926.ALMA(2562).