collaboration ANCA x h-pem | Stitching through history While traversing the booths of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) intern, Lucine Mikhanjian, came across a Syrian-Armenian needleworker, whose story of preserving the craft of her ancestors in Armenia inspired her.
collaboration ANCA x h-pem | Bringing Armenia’s religious heritage to the American capital From vishapakars (dragon stones) to khachkars (cross-stones), the Armenian people’s fascination with carving beautifully intricate designs in stone is one of our most defining cultural and artistic legacies. Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) intern, Christopher Khachadour, takes a stroll around sculptor Bogdan Hovhannisyan’s booth at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, to learn more about this ancient craft and the importance of safeguarding it for future generations.
collaboration ANCA x h-pem | Kataro Winery at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival highlighted some of Armenia’s oldest and coolest productions. Among them is our rich legacy of winemaking. Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) summer intern, Adrienne Tazian Schwartz, describes one such family-owned business, located in one of the region’s most turbulent areas.
collaboration ANCA x h-pem | ArmAs: Celebrating 'something old, something new, something inspiring' Ancient Armenians were known to like a good drink. Today, several Armenian companies are trying to bring back this ancient winemaking tradition. ArmAs Winery is one such example. Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) intern, Megan Vandre, spoke with their CEO, Victoria Aslanian, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival about Armenia’s recent “wine renaissance” and what ArmAs is doing to propel Armenian winemaking into the 21st century.
collaboration ANCA x h-pem | From Capitol Hill to the interwebs: Conducting a new cultural symphony At the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), interns never make coffee or grab dry cleaning—unless it is for themselves. Instead, they are entrusted with the sacred task of strengthening the political and economic vitality of our communities across the globe. Yet in-between meetings on Capitol Hill and conducting important research, these fascinating men and women took the time to contribute to our platform, adding their unique perspectives on Armenianness. Read on to see the result of this exciting collaboration, and why YOU too should get in on the action!