To honor the Armenian Community in Rhode Island and their contribution to our local arts and culture on this, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we will have a special guest , Greg Chopoorian, on our 6:30 Contemporary tour.
Greg Chopoorian is an historic interpreter, writer, and consultant dealing with Armenian history and culture. He has been a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts, as well as serving on the Exhibit Committee, as a Docent. During his time with the museum, he helped design and curate a special Genocide Exhibit at the Rhode Island Holocaust Museum. Greg was the Historic Consultant for costume and set design for Academy Award Nominated Director Atom Egoyan in his Award winning film, “Ararat“. He provided resource materials and historic costume details for the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Arshak II“. Greg was long the Chair of the Rhode Island Heritage Commission’s Armenian Sub-Committee which presented Armenian cultural exhibits, food, and performances to thousands of attendees of Rhode Island’s Annual Heritage Festival every September on the State House lawn. He is currently consulting on several graphic novel, film, and television projects dealing with Armenian history. Mr. Chopoorian is a Member of The Screen Actors Guild, a Fourth Degree Kenpo Karate Black Belt Instructor and owner of USA Karate in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and together with his family, owns and operates the Mansion Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Mr. Chopoorian and his wife, Lydia, and their sons, reside in Cumberland.
In addition to Greg’s tour, The URI Feinstein Gallery will be showing mixed media work celebrating Armenian culture, and Studio Z is hosting a series of events this April to honor the lives lost in the first genocide of the twentieth century.