Talin Music School Project

Sponsor Name
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PROJECT BUDGET $188,000 AMOUNT NEEDED $57,000
REGION Aragatsotn
CITY / VILLAGE Talin
START DATE June 2016
END DATE Four months after fully funded

DESCRIPTION

The town of Talin, with a population of about 5,400 people, is located in the Aragatsotn Region of Armenia and is considered one of the oldest residential areas of the region. Currently, Talin houses a music school in a building in poor condition without any proper practice or performance spaces for its 120 students and 15 teachers. The building lacks access to proper health and safety standards, and severely limits the school's dedicated staff from doing their jobs. These horrible conditions also prevent the students' ability to learn. The town of Talin is in need of a modernized school, offering a safe, comfortable and appropriate environment to study and teach classical and folk instruments and music.

The reconstruction will be a complete remodel of the existing building consisting of new individual practice and classrooms for students, western toilets and construction of a concert hall with ample seating. With these renovations the Talin Music School can properly assume its leadership capacity in the community. Furthermore, the professional environment of a newly renovated facility will encourage students to reach higher standards of excellence in their musical ambitions including: education, performance, and creative service. A positive and more creatively stimulating environment will also help instill confidence in performers, teachers, and the Talin community. Furthermore, the town of Talin has committed to support this project to the extent that they are able.

The school will be completed in three phases: The construction of the new concert hall, the renovation of the third floor and finally, the renovation of the second floor.

THE NEED

Armenia's smaller towns suffer from the lack of proper educational facilities. Currently, the Talin Music School, is working to promote music education, culture and the arts for the children in Talin, Armenia in an substandard structure. In addition, the building's present-day condition undervalues the pride the staff, students, and community members feel when educating their talented youth.

SHORT TERM IMPACT

The 120 students currently enrolled at the Talin Music School and 15 teachers would have access to a newly renovated, safe, and comfortable building, with individual practice rooms, modern bathrooms and a concert hall. The local economy will benefit from construction jobs that will become available throughout the reconstruction process.

LONG TERM IMPACT

In the long term, a proper facility will have the potential to attract more students in order to give them the same opportunity as current students to renew their connections to Armenia's rich musical culture. The newly renovated school will also be able to support a more diverse faculty and instrument offerings. Having modern facilities can have the potential to attract other talent and touring Armenia. Additionally, the reconstruction of the Talin Music School can have the potential to attract master instructors to teach master classes.

CURRENT SPONSORS

  • Architects of Melody Records (2016) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2014) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2016) - CA, USA
  • Architects of Melody Records (2016) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2014) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2016) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Marine Arakelians (2017) - CA, USA

SPONSORS BENEFITS

Your donation to sponsor the Talin Music School will be recognized in their printed materials and a sponsor plaque will be placed in the entrance of the school. Additionally, your name will be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Talin Music School when you are in Armenia.

updates: images & information

June 8, 2016

Thanks to the generous support of Vasken Ekmekjian and his family, funding is now available to begin the construction of the concert hall at the Talin Music School. After interviewing several contractors in Armenia, we chose our firm, and today they broke ground!

October 3, 2016

Exterior work on the concert hall is complete. The job comprised of raising the entire roof and ceiling for acoustics, combining several small rooms to create a larger concert hall, installing new windows, doors and a new fire escape.

November 15, 2016

Work on the interior of the concert hall has begun. A stage will be constructed along with beautiful tiled flooring, appropriate lighting, paint and new chairs will complete the hall.

January 17, 2017

A foggy and snowy visit to the Talin Music School today showed what terrific progress the crew is making on the interior. The walls are being completed now and the painting work will begin soon.

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