FAR is again doing its best to help develop education in Armenia.
On September 26, we re-opened a completely renovated music school in the village of Argavand – it is now named after Maestro Arsen Sayan http://www.armenianculturalfoundation.org/default.aspx?view=article&id=29.
After 6 months of renovation that FAR implemented thanks to the generous donation of Armenian musicologist, educator, and social worker, Arsen Saryan, the Argavand Music School greeted its students in a brand new and comfortable building. The renovation and furnishing costs consisted of $105,000.
Many state officials, renowned composers, cultural and public figures, as well as other distinguished guests attended the opening ceremony. Maestro Sayan was awarded the Medal of St. Gregory of Narek by the Ministry of Culture of RA for his contribution developing the culture of Armenian.
“Today is one of the happiest days of our lives,” said Arsen Sayan while greeting the school’s guests. “Today with you I am celebrating the fruits of my 60-year-old career.”
Arsen Sayan has dedicated 60 years of his life to developing choral arts – founding and directing the “Shoghak,” “Qnar,” and “Ani” choirs in both his homeland and the diaspora. For more than 25 years, he worked as the musical-cultural programs editor at the “Voice of America” radio channel’s Armenian department, becoming a unique bridge between uniting Armenian diasporan communities and contributing to the preservation of the Armenian national spirit.