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Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity

Join BCD in a journey to Sasunik, about 40 minutes north of Yerevan, Armenia's capital and experience an exuberant manifestation of traditional dance by local school girls. The country's ancient tradition of folk dance is a physical expression of making a visceral connection to the land, an expression of rootedness, of home, of community and of identity. Learn about the poignant history of Sasunik's founders' escape from the Genocide, the Armenian epic called the Daredevils of Sassoun, and the role of heroes in keeping our cultures alive.

Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity

Faces of Armenia

BCD recently spent time soaking up the culture of Armenia, a nation and former Soviet republic in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. Armenia is one of the world's oldest civilizations--in 2018, its capital of Yerevan celebrates its founding 2800 years ago! The country has a tremendously rich culture and music is an essential part of its everyday life and widely used to impart the spectrum of human emotion. Meet some of the warm & welcoming Armenians who shared their culture with BCD!

Faces of Armenia