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|Akos Cultural NGO|
"Akos" Cultural NGO was founded in 2002, Yerevan, Armenia and now it is a leading model for similar institutions internationally. In 2006 it established ACOSS AIR (Artist-in-residence) program in Armenia. "Akos" is member of Res Artis Worldwide network of artist residencies.
ACOSS promotes and diffuses contemporary creativity in Armenia. A group of Armenian artists, art and cultural critics are involved in the organization where they have possibility to meet international artists and theorists and co-operate with them.
Since the end of 2006 ACOSS has started collaboration with a cultural company Cló which is located in the Irish Gaeltacht. Cló is an artist lead initiative providing a platform for creative exchange between artists worldwide and the Gaeltacht community. It fosters the emergence of artists in the Gaeltacht through providing access to professional development services.
Vahagn Hamalbashyan - an artist
Mkrtich Tonoyan - a co-founder and the president of Akos, founder of the Artist residency program ACOSS
Hayk Navasardyan - a musician
Tatul Mkrtchyan - a co-founder of Akos
Meri Tonoyan - sociologist, specialist of Food Safety, coordinator of the ACOSS residency program
Nazeli Demirchyan - manager, new member of "Akos"
International Advisory Board
Professor Rachelle Viader Knowles – visual artist, senior lecturer - Fine Art, Coventry School of Art and Design, University of Coventry, UK
Dr. Kenneth G. Hay – artist, chair of Contemporary Art Practice, Deputy Head of Art School of University of Leeds, UK
Professor Lydia Matthews - Dean of Academic Programs, Parsons The New School for Design, NYC, USA