In 2012, the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western USA was established in Los Angeles to steer and coordinate the multifaceted commemorative activities in the Western United States in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015.

AGCC WUSA adopted two major initiatives including the Armenian Genocide Centennial March for Justice held on April 24, 2015 to honor the memory of the 1.5 million martyrs who perished in the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California to help build and define the next centennial of the community as a message of strength, perseverance, and hope for future generations.

2014

Armenian American Museum Founded

The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western USA adopted the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California as its official landmark project.

City of Glendale Site Announced

The museum launched discussions with City of Glendale officials to establish the location of the cultural and educational center in the Jewel City of Southern California.

Museum Concept Established

Lord Cultural Resources, an internationally acclaimed museum consulting firm, produced the museum’s Concept Development Plan.

2015

Board of Trustees Established

The museum’s Board of Trustees was established, entrusting its governance to ten united Armenian American cultural, philanthropic, and religious non-profit institutions.

Alajajian Marcoosi Architects Appointed

Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, a world renowned architectural firm, was selected as the architect for the project following an international call for architects.

Museum Branding Unveiled

The museum unveiled the signature branding and logo of the organization representing the AAM initials and silhouette of Mount Ararat.

2016

City of Glendale Downtown Site Proposed

The City of Glendale proposed a new downtown site for the museum in the heart of the city’s Arts & Entertainment District in Central Park.

"Armenia: An Open Wound" Exhibition Hosted

The museum hosted the “Armenia: An Open Wound” exhibition attracting more than 10,000 visitors to the Brand Library & Art Center to experience the exhibition.

$1 Million State of California Grant Secured

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016- 2017 state budget with $1 million in funding.

Museum Building Design Unveiled

Alajajian Marcoosi Architects unveiled the museum’s iconic and inspiring building design.

2017

Museum Campus Expansion Announced

The City of Glendale announced plans for a major expansion and redesign of the museum campus at Central Park.

$3 Million State of California Grant Secured

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2017- 2018 state budget with $3 million in funding.

Financial Capacity Studied

Aly Sterling Philanthropy, a leading non-profit consulting firm, performed the museum’s Financial Capacity Study.

Museum Building Animation Unveiled

The Armenian American Museum unveiled its new animated video tour of the historic project.

2018

City of Glendale Ground Lease Agreement Secured

The Glendale City Council approved the museum’s Ground Lease Agreement, a historic decision officially marking Central Park as the future site.

Groundbreaking Campaign Launched

The museum launched the Groundbreaking Campaign to raise awareness and raise funds for the project.

Inaugural Gala Hosted

More than 1,000 attended the Inaugural Gala held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

2019

$5 Million State of California Grant Secured

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019- 2020 state budget with $5 million in funding.

Inaugural Telethon Hosted

The Armenian American Museum announced $8,138,986 in raised funds at its inaugural Telethon.

Square Foot Certificate Unveiled

The museum unveiled the Square Foot Certificate, a new limited-edition commemorative certificate for Square Foot Builders.

Executive Director Appointed

The Board of Trustees appointed Shant Sahakian as Executive Director.

2nd Annual Gala Hosted

More than $2.2 million was raised at the 2nd Annual Gala at The Beverly Hilton.

2020-2021

Museum Construction Commenced

The Armenian American Museum officially commenced construction on the cultural and educational center in the museum campus at Glendale Central Park.

Historic Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrated

The museum held a festive celebration to mark its historic Groundbreaking Ceremony at the future site of the museum in Glendale Central Park on July 11, 2021.

General Contractor Appointed

The museum announced the selection of PNG Builders to serve as the General Contractor for the Phase I construction project.

Inaugural Board of Governors Appointed

The Board of Trustees appointed the inaugural Board of Governors to join the leadership team of the museum.

$1.8 Million State of California Grant Secured

Senator Anthony J. Portantino announced that his request for $1.8 million for the museum was approved by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 State Budget.

$950,000 Federal Grant Secured

Congressman Adam Schiff announced that $950,000 was secured in the fiscal year 2022 Federal funding legislation in support of the construction and development of the museum.

Permanent Exhibition Schematic Design Commenced

The museum commenced the Schematic Design of the Permanent Exhibition – the core experience of the museum that will be dedicated to the history, culture, and identity of the Armenian American community and Armenian people.