feature On this day - Apr. 17, 1885: Composer and conductor Parsegh Ganatchian was born Birthday celebrations take a poignant turn in April. On this day in 1885, Parsegh Ganatchian, the composer of Armenia’s national anthem, «Մեր հայրենիք» (“Mer hayrenik” | “Our Fatherland”) was born. He had survived the Armenian Genocide by playing the violin to Ottoman army officers!
feature Lucy Tutunjian: A painter with a sparkling sense of joie the vivre and a lasting vision, dies At h-pem, we are saddened to hear that Lucy Tutunjian, the Lebanese-Armenian painter, who celebrated nature, life, and hope for over six decades, passed away two days ago. She was the benefactor of the Hamazkayin "Lucy Tutunjian" Art Gallery. Her energetic and vibrant presence will be missed by all who knew her.
analysis POM at 14: Looking back at the festival’s brightest moments Since 2006, the Pomegranate Film Festival has offered audiences a spectacular array of films and unique programing. Like its fruity namesake, the pomegranate, this film festival is fresh, dynamic, and prolific. Longtime POM committee member Roubina Shnorokian takes a look back at the last 14 years of POM in this h-pem exclusive highlight reel!
inPicture Meet the young Armenian artists of Lebanon To bring something into existence is to create—and “creativity takes courage.” World-renowned French painter Henri Matisse was not wrong when he said these words. Youth are often not given the chance (or the encouragement) in the world of scribbling and sketching. The situation is not too different in the capital of Lebanon, where the Armenian youth of Beirut are often required to get into the more “serious” fields of study. On Sept. 5, the Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery held the opening of their first “Collective Exhibition of Young Artists,” a long-overdue and most welcomed event. We at h-pem make it one of our top priorities to ensure that Armenian artists from all around the globe get the exposure they deserve on our platforms. That is why we went ahead and asked the Beirut exhibition participants three simple questions. Through their answers, we present you the 10 young artists who got the opportunity to display and sell their art at the gallery.
feature Between bowls: The pursuit of Armenian identity, self-discovery, and the perfect bowl of soup Inspired by his recent participation in Hamazkayin ArtLinks 2019, Los Angeles-based comedy writer and magician Missak Artinian (AKA Magic Missak, AKA the Armenian Channing Tatum) shares his story "Between bowls"—his pursuit of identity, self-discovery, and the perfect bowl of soup...
collaboration ArtLinks x h-pem | ‘Love has no thorns’: (Re)Imagining medieval poetry in the 21st century The Hamazkayin ArtLinks program has become the premier destination for all things art and Armenian for young diasporans in North America. It is no shock, then, that h-pem would join forces for a collaboration of the ages! In June 2019, the fourth installment of ArtLinks took place in the remote Canadian countryside, where a creative writing workshop stirred some creative juices. The result was a modern production of poems using a traditional style perfected by a medieval Armenian monk. Read all about it below!
multimediaGuide ‘Lala & Ara’ and ‘Arti’: Bringing colorful language to a new whole dimension This Christmas, consider the priceless gifts of language and script! Download the “Lala & Ara,” free and interactive mobile apps and experience our beautiful mother tongue and alphabet with the youngest members of your brood.