The Aznavour Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and
Sports of the Republic of Armenia announce a collaboration aimed at creating new
opportunities for young and talented people who choose art as their career path.
In 2018 the Aznavour Foundation and Aznavour family members received requests
for the naming of the Yerevan State College of Culture after Charles Aznavour.
The Foundation’s Chairman Nicolas Aznavour and CEO Kristina Aznavour visited the
college in 2018, had meetings with the management and students. After those
meetings and discussions, the permission letter was signed.
Later it was announced that the Yerevan State College of Culture will be merged
with the Yerevan State College of Pop and Jazz Art. On April 23, 2020, during
the Armenian Government’s Cabinet meeting, the decision was approved and on June
22 the newly established institution was officially named "Yerevan State College
of Culture and Arts".
“We are happy to cooperate with the Ministry and bring changes to the lives of
thousands of young people. I am sure that thanks to this collaboration the
College will become more attractive and successful. Charles Aznavour’s career
path was full of obstacles and challenges, but his determination and hard work
brought him to the highest levels in his field. I want our younger generation to
be inspired by his example and always strive for excellence”, says Kristina
Aznavour, CEO of the Aznavour Foundation.
"By uniting these two colleges, the Armenian Government aims to significantly
improve the quality and efficiency of education, increase the transparency and
accountability of the management of the joint institution, and provide the best
opportunities and creative environment for young people who see their future in
art. We are confident that cooperation with the Aznavour Foundation will be a
key guarantee for the development of artistic and cultural education," said
Zhanna Andreasyan, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of
the Republic of Armenia.
For the Aznavour Foundation, it is essential that the newly established college
creates values and opportunities for the new generations of young artists. In
order to outline and develop the best solutions, the Foundation and the Ministry
of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia plan to
sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which will establish the readiness to work
together on the College’s development strategy, to initiate the naming of the
institution after the National hero of the Republic of Armenia Charles Aznavour,
as well as agenda related to further cooperation between the Foundation and the
newly established college.
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