The AIWA Los Angeles Affiliate 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:

Lena Tashjian, Gohar Khachatryan, and Arpine Kozmanyan

for Storytelling “Conversations With Nene”

Nare Ter-Gabrielyan

for Film “Silenced”

Hasmik Movsisian

for music project “Sounds of Garni”

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

Sponsored the Zulal Trio Concert

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

Madeline Karabian

Daughter of AIWA-LA’s first president, the late Laurel Karabian

Karen Kondazian

Actress and Author

Karin Mushegain

Opera Singer

Vatche Mankerian

Pianist and Composer