AGBU Childrens Centers located in the Yerevan suburbs of Nork, Arapkir and Malatya, in the city of Vanadzor, and at the Holy Etchmiadzin provide supplemental after-school instruction in studio and performing arts as well as gymnastics, religious studies and computers.
In February 1993, AGBU, in partnership with the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, acquired and transformed the capital’s former Soviet youth palaces into three updated facilities: the Arapkir, Malatya, and Nork Children’s Centers. Today, the facilities are a second home to more than 1,800 children and young adults, ages 4-25, who gather in its classrooms every day after school to take advantage of a wide spectrum of enriching programs, including several mediums of art, choir, computer, crafts, dance, gymnastics, history, language, music and religious studies. Summer activities are also held in the Nork complex.
Overseen by a staff of 170, and administered by the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the AGBU Children’s Centers foster the creativity of every student. The talents of the Centers’ aspiring artists, dancers, gymnasts, musicians and singers are exemplified by its award-winning Performing Arts Troupes. When the Troupes are not rehearsing in Yerevan, they are traveling to Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Uruguay and the United States, where they have drawn standing ovations from tens of thousands of admiring spectators.