Hairenik Media Center nearing completion

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WATERTOWN, Mass.While supply chain disruptions and the pandemic have caused unpredictable delays, renovations are nearing completion in what will soon be state-of-the-art. Hairenik Media Center. In the next few weeks, the lighting grid will be installed and then the new flooring. At this time, all that remains is to install the equipment. So far, over $100,000 has been invested in building the media center. It is anticipated that another $50,000 will be required to complete the project.

The Hairenik Media Center is an initiative of Armenian Cultural Association of America, Inc. (ACAA). The ACAA is a nonprofit, 501c3, tax-deductible corporation based in Massachusetts. It is the main funder of Armenian Weekly and Hairenik Weekly publications, among others, including A Place Called Gyumri: Life in the Armenian Mountains and Letter to Yerevan. A grant from the ACAA also funds the publication of The Armenian Reviewa peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published since 1948 dedicated to exploring issues related to Armenia and Armenians.

Through the ACAA Artsakh Fund, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been invested in Artsakh and the Armenians who live there. The CBAA funded the construction of new houses, reconstruction of community centers and schools, legal initiative to release prisoners of war and defend against human rights violationsthe Verelk Startup Program and financial assistance to the families of those killed and injured during the 2020 war as well as those returning to live in Artsakh.

The CBAA has also awarded grants to Armenian Relief Society for humanitarian efforts in Lebanon, Armenia and Javakhk. Other ACAA-funded projects include a new film about the Armenian community in Lviv, Ukraine, the digital remastering of a 1930 silent film about the fire of Smyrna, and the digitization of a Mardiros Kheranian map. The ACAA also helps maintain the archives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Hairenik Digital Archive. In the past five years alone, the CBAA has awarded over $1 million in grants.

Tax-deductible donations to support these projects and many more can be made through the CBAA website.

George Aghjayan is Director of the Armenian Historical Archives and Chairman of the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) of the Eastern United States. Aghjayan graduated with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics. He obtained the Society of Actuaries Research Fellowship in 1996. After a career in insurance and structured finance, Aghjayan retired in 2014 to focus on Armenia-related research and projects. His main area of ​​interest is the demography and geography of western Armenia, as well as a keen interest in the hidden Armenians living there today. Other topics he has written and lectured on include Armenian genealogy and genocide denial. He is a board member of the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), a frequent contributor to the Armenian Weekly and Houshamadyan.org, and the creator and curator of westernarmenia.weebly.com, a website Web dedicated to the preservation of Armenian culture. in Western Armenia.

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