First published in the December 4 print issue of Glendale News Press.

The Armenian American Museum hosted a series of Donor Appreciation Receptions to celebrate the construction of the historic center and honor the generous support of the museum’s benefactors, the heritage council and members of the founding circle.
Executive Chairman Berdj Karapetian welcomed guests to the receptions, held on November 23 and 17, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors, expressing the organization’s gratitude to valued donors.
“The cultural and educational center dedicated to our history, culture and heritage was once a mere idea,” Karapetian said in a statement. “Today, we celebrate the construction of the Armenian American Museum that turns our dreams into reality – a step that would not be possible without your generous support.”
Executive Director Shant Sahakian presented a progress report on the development of the museum’s programming for the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, auditorium, learning center, demonstration kitchen and center. archives as well as ongoing construction on the museum’s campus in Glendale Central Park.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide an exciting progress report not only on the construction of a building, but also on the creation of a world-class institution that will serve and enrich the lives of students,” families and community members for generations to come, ”Sahakian said.
The receptions were sponsored by Edison International, one of the museum’s early business partners.
“Edison International is honored to continue to support the Armenian American Museum and its mission to build a center that will showcase the Armenian-American experience and build bridges between the many diverse communities in California,” said Zanku Armenian, Director of Business Edison’s public. “Edison is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and this museum will be a testament to these values ​​and the contributions of the Armenian-American community.”
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