Theater & Arts

Cultural events celebrate Armenian spirit, remember genocide

With April 24 fast approaching, there is a flurry of cultural commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Some have direct allusions to the genocide itself while others celebrate the Armenian spirit. Here are some highlights:


The photographs were collected from numerous repositories, sources and individuals, including the U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress, Near East Foundation, Oberlin College Archives, University of Minnesota Library and the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program, which is presenting the exhibition.

Another part of the exhibition is “The First Refuge and the Last Defense: The Armenian Church, Etchmiadzin, and the Armenian Genocide,” which details the importance of the church during a horrific time.

The exhibition opens 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Leon S. Peters Second Floor Ellipse Gallery with a reception co-hosted with the Friends of the Madden Library. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public, but reservations are needed (go to and enter code AGR).

The show runs through May 29.

Jewel fm Gallery Nancy Youdelman


Gallery 25 Lorraine Peters
Carol Tikijian

Ronald Dzerigian’s 1821 Gallery & Studios,


Fresno Philharmonic’s


More online: For a complete listing of events, go to