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PUBLIC FORUM- "Caring for Armenian Treasures", and New Exhibit, Aug. 19, 2007

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PUBLIC FORUM- "Caring for Armenian Treasures", and New Exhibit, Aug. 19, 2007

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"Shared Views: Caring for Armenian Treasures"

Public Forum Featuring Ten Museum Managers from Armenia
Armenian Library & Museum of America (65 Main Street, Watertown MA)

On Sunday, August 19, the community is invited to a special afternoon.
At 4:00 pm, 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 pm to
4:00 pm, 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).

Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc.
65 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175

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