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Americans for Artsakh Holds Awareness-raising Event at Armenian Embassy in Washington

November 17, 2009
Contact: Sarah Ludwig

On November 12, Americans for Artsakh (AFA) hosted "A Celebration of Artsakh" at the Armenian Embassy in Washington. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness among the Washington community about Artsakh in general, as well as AFA's activities. It came at a crucial period in the growth of the republic. As the Caucasus becomes increasingly prominent on the international political scene, it is all the more vital that people be properly informed about Artsakh and what can be done to help it maintain its strength and identity.

The evening began with opening remarks by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Armenian Embassy, Varuzhan Nersessian. He was followed by NKR Representative Robert Avetissian, who commented on the struggles that Artsakh has overcome, and provided an overview of its present situation. AFA Executive Director Sarah Ludwig then gave a presentation about AFA and informed the audience about its completed and future activities, which include educational training courses for government employees and other groups in Artsakh. AFA is in the process of expanding its scope of activities and is currently planning career-enhancing educational opportunities for students and young professionals.

The presentation portion of the evening was followed by outstanding entertainment selections from well-known, highly respected performers. AFA was honored to have pianist Naira Babayan, who played three pieces of Armenian origin — one from Sayat Nova, and two by Aram Khachaturian. Finally, professional actress and singer Norik Chekosky recited poetry excerpts from Siamanto's Ode to Fallen Heroes. Both gave moving performances, and served to remind the primarily Armenian audience about its rich cultural heritage.

Additionally, the guests were treated to dinner that was professionally catered by Dinner, Then Dessert. Local Armenian businesses contributed to the evening, as well.

Americans for Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh.

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