Background

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 Officially 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 Selected as Site

Museum leadership initiated discussions with the City of Glendale to identify a premier location to build the world class cultural and educational center in the heart of Southern California.

Lord Cultural Resources Concept Development Plan

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

2014

Armenian American Museum Officially 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 Selected as Site

Museum leadership initiated discussions with the City of Glendale to identify a premier location to build the world class cultural and educational center in the heart of Southern California.

Lord Cultural Resources Concept Development Plan

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

2015

Alajajian Marcoosi Architects Selected As Architect

Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, an internationally acclaimed architectural firm, was selected as the architect for the project following an international call for architects.

Museum 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.

Museum Branding Unveiled

The museum unveiled its signature branding and logo, representing its “AAM” initials and Mount Ararat.

2016

"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.

Downtown Glendale 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.

$1 Million State of California Grant Announced

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

Museum Concept Design Unveiled

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

2016

"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.

Downtown Glendale 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.

$1 Million State of California Grant Announced

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

Museum Concept Design Unveiled

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

2017

Glendale Central Park Block Project Announced

The City of Glendale unveiled its plans for a redesigned Central Park with increased park space and improved amenities.

$3 Million State of California Grant Announced

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

Aly Sterling Philanthropy Selected Financial Capacity Study

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

Museum Animation Video Tour Unveiled

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

2018

Inaugural Armenian American Museum Gala Hosted

More than 1,000 attended the Armenian American Museum’s Inaugural Gala held at the prestigious Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Groundbreaking Campaign Launched

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

City of Glendale Ground Lease Agreement Approved

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

2018

Inaugural Armenian American Museum Gala Hosted

More than 1,000 attended the Armenian American Museum’s Inaugural Gala held at the prestigious Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Groundbreaking Campaign Launched

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

City of Glendale Ground Lease Agreement Approved

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

2019

2nd Annual Armenian American Museum Gala Hosted

More than $2.2 million was raised at the 2nd Annual Armenian American Museum Gala with hundreds of supporters, community leaders, and public officials gathered for the signature event of the year.

$5 Million State of California Grant Announced

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-2020 state budget with $5 million included for the Armenian American Museum. The 2019-2020 budget provided $4 million in new funding for the museum and $1 million in reallocated funding.

Inaugural Telethon Hosted

The Armenian American Museum announced $8,138,986 at its inaugural Telethon, a major milestone that put the historic project one step closer to its highly anticipated groundbreaking celebration.

Square Foot Certificate Unveiled

The Armenian American Museum unveiled the Square Foot Certificate, a limited-edition commemorative certificate to honor the developing cultural and educational center’s donors and supporters.

Project Design Team Announced

The Armenian American Museum announced the selection of design consultants who will be preparing the project for groundbreaking.

Executive Director Appointed

The Armenian American Museum Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Shant Sahakian as Executive Director.

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