Washington Armenian Genocide museum feasibility study planned, as CFF chair visits Armenia
Washington Armenian Genocide museum feasibility study planned, as CFF chair visits Armenia –
MINNEAPOLIS – The Cafesjian Family Foundation has engaged a leading philanthropic and fundraising consultancy to conduct a feasibility study for the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial in Washington. The decision follows the recent conclusion of lengthy legal proceedings around the Washington properties intended for the project.
Kathleen Cafesjian Baradaran, chair of the Cafesjian Family Foundation (CFF), noted that the feasibility study is a required first step for the project of this scale. “The study will serve as the foundation for an international fundraising campaign to make the dream of the museum and memorial a reality,” she said. “The goal is both to renovate and reimagine the downtown Washington location, where the story of Armenians will be told to the current and future generations.”
Baradaran is in Armenia this week to visit with the staff of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts and participate in the formal opening of the Dilijan International School. She was also received by Armenia’s president Serge Sargsyan.
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA), opened in November 2009, is one of the main cultural and touristic attractions in Armenia. Part of the unique Cascade complex in the center of Yerevan, CCA features art exhibits, an eclectic sculpture garden and cultural programs for adults and children. The center was established through the vision and generosity of the late Gerard L. Cafesjian.
The Dilijan International School is a boarding school for children ages 13 to 18 and is part of the United World Colleges that since the 1960s include 14 schools, spread from Canada, U.S. and Europe to Hong Kong and Singapore. The first such educational establishment in Armenia’s neighborhood, the Dilijan School is the brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan.