On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center Governing Board and Executive Committee hosted a reception at Brandview Ballroom in Glendale during which the project concept design was unveiled. Over 400 guests were in attendance, including clergy and community leaders, elected officials, sponsors, and representatives of community organizations.
The program began with the invocation delivered by the four Governing Board Co-Chairs – H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, H.G. Bishop Mikael Mouradian, Eparch of the Armenian Catholic Church, and Rev. Berdj Djambazian, Minister of the Armenian Evangelical Union.
Executive Committee member and MC Mr. Zaven Kazazian welcomed the guests and acknowledged the elected officials and special guests in attendance, including representatives of Senate President Pro-Temp Kevin de Leon and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, newly elected State Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Glendale Mayor Paula Devine and Councilmembers, and benefactors.
Guests viewed a video and 3D animation presentation of the project, after which Mayor Paula Devine delivered her remarks.
The Governing Board recognized Assemblymember Nazarian, who alongside Senator Carol Liu spearheaded the effort to secure a $1 million earmark for the Museum in the 2016-2017 California state budget, a request which was supported by Senator de Leon and Assemblymember Rendon amd approved by Governor Jerry Brown.
Mr. Kazazian introduced the architects, one of whom, Mr. Aram Alajajian, provided an update on the project’s status and major milestones. The MC also recognized the hard work and efforts of the Executive Planning Committee.
The program concluded with closing remarks by Executive Committee Chairman Mr. Berdj Karapetian, who urged the community to contribute to this valuable cause.