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Genocide And Armenia In The Eyes Of People With Disabilities


People with disabilities will get an opportunity to actively participate in the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide by creating paintings inspired by three topics and presenting them to the public. This will contribute to challenging public perceptions of people with disabilities, promoting accessibility and equality.

The project will be promoted through various means (ads in media, mailing lists, websites, etc.). Artists with disabilities will paint and submit their works based on the following three topics: 1) Genocide in my Eyes; 2) Creating an Accessible Armenia; 3) We are Equal. Their paintings will be featured at four exhibitions held in the areas affected by the 1988 Spitak Earthquake (Spitak, Vanadzor, Gyumri and Stepanavan) where there is a large population of people with disabilites. 20 of the best paintings will be selected by a professional jury. These paintings will be featured at the final event in Yerevan during which prizes will be given. The jury will also select nine paintings (three from each category) as the winners of the contest. Their authors will receive prizes. The best 20 paintings will be published in a booklet.


Shirak, Lori, Yerevan

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Gyumri, Spitak, Vanadzor, Stepanavan, Yerevan

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April 2019
Genocide & Armenia in the Eyes of People w/Disabilities
$5,075 of $9,800 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
People with disabilities still face direct and indirect discrimination in Armenia due to lack of accessibility, poor implementation of the laws and stereotypes. These stereotypes portray people with disabilities as “passive”, “sick” and “incapable” individuals unable to live full lives and contribute to the development of the country. This project hopes to challenge these stereotypes, promoting equal access to public venues, facilities and transport.
Short Term Impact
It is expected that no less than 100 artists with disabilities will participate in the contest. Approximately 1,000 people will attend the four exhibitions in Armenia’s different regions and one final event, the prize-giving ceremony in Yerevan. Due to the media coverage, the target audience will also include no less than 10,000 people.
Long Term Impact
The long term impact of this project will be the promotion of the Armenian Genocide through both the actual artwork, related press and publication, and the change of perceptions regarding people with disabilities in Armenia. Stereotypes affecting people with disabilities will be challenged. Access to public venues, buildings, facilities and transport for persons with limited mobility will be promoted.
Sponsors Benefits
All supporters will be published on The Paros Foundation, and websites. Their names will be also listed in the booklet published within the framework of the project. In addition, the organizers will thank the donors during the prize-giving ceremony, the final public event of the project.
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San Francisco, CA November 7, 2018
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Updates: Images & Information

April 11, 2019

The exhibit with the winning artwork took place at the Genocide Monument and in Gyumri.