All our wonderful colleagues from the Folk Arts Hub Foundation in Armenia, made an amazing impression on countless thousands of people attending the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC this summer with master carpet weavers, singers, ancient Armenian shadow play performers, and artisans of the highest order.
Our friends at the Folk Arts Hub Foundation also continue to work with the Armenian Rugs Society in realizing one of our most important projects in the Homeland--the "Adopt-a-Loom" Initiative throughout rural Armenia and many of its cities.
In addition to Arakads, Karagert, and Sassounik, the Folk Arts Hub Foundation has added six more villages as part of the "Adopt-a-Loom" Initiative in Armenia, including:
1. Oshakan, in the Aragatsotn Region - 11 students and 2 teachers.
2. Hatsik, in the Armavir Region - 10 students and 3 teachers.
3. Ptghunk, in the Armavir Region - 13 students, 3 teachers, and 2 young girls from the nearby Light House
4. Meghradzor, in the Kotayk Region - 10 students and 1 teacher.
5. Voskevaz, in the Aragatsotn Region - 9 students and 2 teachers.
6. Ujan, in the Aragatsotn Region - It's the last location for this year and we're in the process of setting up - 16 students
and 4 teachers.
There are also a total of 69 eager participants (as of the end of 2017) excited to learn the ancient and noble rug weaving craft, thanks to the valuable support and generous donations from Armenian Rugs Society members in the US and the the Folk Arts Hub in Yerevan.
We hope to triple the number of villages in 2018 and include border areas, as well.