Representatives of Armenian and Korean organizations met on July 19 at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Community & Youth Center to discuss mutual interests between the two growing communities in the foothills. ACF Crescenta Valley Zavarian and the Korean Federation of North Los Angeles initiated the conference, titled “Bridging the Gap through Dialogue, Culture, Business and Understanding.”
ACF Zavarian Committee Chairman Arick Gevorkian welcomed the attendees to the center and outlined the mission of the forum.
“We are gathered here tonight to pave the road for future collaborations through social, business, civic, sports and cultural exchanges and promote appreciation for heritage, history, diversity and common values,” said Gevorkian. Individuals from various organizations offered brief information regarding their goals, services and activities and discussed opportunities to communicate and work in partnership for the good of the community at large.
CV Town Council members Dr. Young Suh and Harry Leon praised the organizers for their determination and alliance which will ultimately contribute to the overall quality of life in local neighborhoods, education, safety and increase participation in civic life.
Participants exchanged ideas and passed a motion to organize an “Armenian-Korean Cultural Fest” in spring of 2012 with participation by local businesses, restaurants, organizations and municipalities. A joint organizing committee will launch its master plan and campaign in coming weeks.
Representatives from both communities at the meeting included volunteers, board members and activists from Korean Federation of N. Los Angeles, Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation, CV Armenian Community & Youth Center, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Homenetmen Scouts & Athletes, Armenian Youth Federation & Juniors, Armenian Relief Society and Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley.