Michigan Creates, New Podcast Series
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by aratopouzian
2M ago
For several years I served proudly on the Michigan Arts & Cultural Council (MACC) through appointments by both Governor Snyder and Whitmer. The experience I gained being a council member exposed me to abundance of artists and arts organizations in our state. I was very proud of the work of MACC, but with term limits, my involvement was soon to expire. For some time, I explored additional ways to remain active in the greater arts and culture community. While pondering my next steps, I began to reflect on were some of the needs and gaps within the arts & culture community. For several ye ..read more
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Guardians of Music Re-Airs on Detroit Public TV
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
On February 27th, my film documentary Guardians of Music: A History of Armenian Music in Detroit re-aired as part of Armenian night on Detroit Public Television. My film followed the world premiere of Armenia, My Home produced by Emmy award winning producer, Andrew Goldberg. I feel super fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of Andrew’s documentary (some of my recorded music was included in his latest film) as I have been in the past. All of his work is top-notch and I feel it is important to have our story told by a non-Armenian as it provides a greater impact to the viewers. If yo ..read more
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Armenian Float Triumphs at the Rose Bowl Parade: A Celebration of Culture and Creativity
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
The Rose Bowl Parade, an annual spectacle known for its breathtaking floral floats, recently witnessed a momentous victory as the Armenian float stole the show, earning accolades for its stunning design and cultural significance. In a celebration of art, craftsmanship, and community spirit, the Armenian entry emerged as a symbol of pride for Armenians worldwide. A Tapestry of Culture: Photo Credit: AARFA Facebook page The Armenian float at the Rose Bowl Parade was more than just a visually appealing spectacle – it was a rich tapestry woven with elements of Armenian culture, history, and trad ..read more
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Reflecting on a 2023 Musical Journey
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
A private party at the M-1 race track in Pontiac, MI with George Nigosian and Jerry Gerjekian. As the curtains draw on 2023, I find myself humbled and grateful for the musical journey this year has unfolded. It’s been a year filled with melodies, challenges, and milestones, and I’m excited to share some of the highlights from my musical endeavors. Intimate Acoustic Performances: In 2023, I had the privilege of connecting with audiences on a more personal level through a series of intimate acoustic performances. From cozy cafes to small, local venues, these gigs allowed me to share my music ..read more
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The Next Generation and Cultural Continuity
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
Armenia, with its rich history and vibrant cultural heritage, has faced numerous challenges throughout the years. Recently, the conflict in Artsakh has left an indelible mark on the Armenian diaspora, highlighting the need to fortify cultural bonds in the face of adversity. Despite the sorrow and pain, it is crucial for Armenians worldwide to continue celebrating social events, providing a beacon of hope and strength for the community, especially the younger generation. Not the greatest picture from stage, but trust me – the dance floor was packed! During the holiday weekend, I had the privi ..read more
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A Blind Eye to the Armenians
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
It’s been some time since I’ve found the motivation to compose an essay for my website. My blog predominantly revolves around arts and culture, usually maintaining an optimistic tone. Nonetheless, over the past few months, it has been challenging to engage in any creative narratives, given the distressing experiences endured by my fellow Armenians in Artsakh. As I’ve mentioned previously, the atrocities endured by the Armenian people have a profound impact on our arts and culture. Each genocide we face exacts a toll on our cultural identity. This has sadly become a repetitive scenario for the ..read more
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The Irreplaceable Essence of Live Music: Why ChatGPT Can’t Compare
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
Lately, I have been very curious about Chat GPT. I was at a conference and a presenter did a deep-dive into it and it intrigued me. For those unfamiliar, this is a Artificial Intelligence tool that uses language. Here is a short video that demonstrates the advantages of Chat GPT: https://youtu.be/3ao7Z8duDXc  I still wanted to experiment with a new form of expression, so I decided to embark on a blog-writing journey using ChatGPT for this story. A remarkable tool, please let me know what you think about this story. It was solely written using this tool! (Minus this intro sentence!) In an ..read more
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My Wife is a Curious Creative
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
In the several years of writing this blog, I have never dedicated a post to my wife, Della, but it is certainly about time. For those of you that personally know me, know how very proud I am of my wife and all of her achievements. It goes without saying that she is indeed “my better half“. She has accomplished much throughout her life and she is sometimes to humble or too private to admit it. So let me be her cheerleader – something she does for me all the time. Della Cassia Before I describe Della’s latest achievements, I would like to give you some historical context which I feel is import ..read more
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A Day Later …
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
I actually started to compose this post in the evening of April 24. Anticipating already the sentiment that the days following when Armenians commemorate the Genocide, everyone’s social media posts and online news would go back to “regularly scheduled programming”. Then I stopped for a moment began to ponder about the possibilities of continued posts and articles that talk about the Armenian genocide, as well as the current blockade in Artsakh. Perhaps this year might be different than the past. Maybe we would continue to at least the end of April talking about the Genocide.  Like a child ..read more
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Is anyone listening to us?
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by aratopouzian
3M ago
Every year I feel the strong obligation to publish a post surrounding the events of the Armenian Genocide which occurred on April 24, 1915. With each passing year, it becomes harder and harder to find the appropriate words due to an immense amount of frustration as I feel no one cares about what happens to the Armenian people. I am tired. I wary from the sense that I feel a continued sense of commitment to try and educate and have people listen to us as Armenians. I feel no one hears us. The flag of the Republic of Artsakh As of publishing this post, I am sure in the coming days and months t ..read more
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