Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts

The Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts was established in 2017 by the Los Angeles affiliate of the Armenian International Women’s Association of America to honor the memory of Laurel Karabian, the very first president of our Los Angeles Chapter and a staunch supporter of the arts. It is earmarked to support cutting-edge, high-quality young and emerging female talents that reflect the creative aspirations of the Armenian-American community.

Criteria for the Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts

  • These funds may support activities including but are not limited to sharing the work of a new generation of creative professionals in all art disciplines including a symphony, opera, theater, museum and film among an appreciative Armenian and/or world audience.
  • Funds may be used for cultural activities, underwriting performing arts or concert/s, presenting occasional symposiums with speakers in the arts, musicians, performing artists, visual artists, showcasing established artists or musicians who might act as mentors for younger aspiring students.
  • These funds could also be used to grant stipends to emerging talent who are trying to get established in the symphony, opera, theater, museum, and film.
  • These funds may be used to support the creation, development and/or presentation of artistic work/festival including for the purchase of equipment and materials necessary for artistic production.
  • These funds are not a fixed scholarship program.

The application has more details as well as frequently asked questions.

Past recipients of the Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts:

  • Narine Voskanyan – for film “Gate to Heaven”
  • Viktoria Alexanyan – for film “Colors of Depression
  • Joyce Van Dyke – for genocide play, “Daybreak”
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art  – Armenia! exhibit (textile restoration)
  • Smithsonian Center For Folklife and Cultural Heritage- Sponsored the Zulal Trio

AIWA-LA is now accepting applications for the Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts.

Please submit requests to by June 30, 2021 for funding. Recipients will be notified in September 2021.

The Laurel Karabian Fund for the Arts Advisory Council


The independent Advisory Council consists of artists and musicians in various mediums along with Laurel’s sister, Cindy Norian, who is the liaison between the Advisory Council and the LA Affiliate and Madeline Karabian, Laurel’s daughter.

  • Carla Garapedian – Producer and Filmmaker
  • Caroline Tufenkian – Curator and Arts Professional
  • Cindy Norian – Sister of the late Laurel Karabian and liaison between the Council and the AIWA-LA Executive Committee
  • Greg Hosharian – Composer, Orchestrator and Keyboardist
  • Karen Kondazian – Actress and Author
  • Karin Mushegain – Opera Singer
  • Madeline Karabian – Daughter of AIWA-LA’s first president, the late Laurel Karabian
  • Vatche Mankerian – Pianist and Composer


Please direct questions to Margaret Mgrublian