Armenian (American?) Museum
I am rather baffled by the prospect of building an Armenian museum here in Glendale (“AAM Project Presented,” CV Weekly, Jan. 14). After all, I don’t believe Glendale hosts a museum of any other country, i.e. Italy, Poland, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, etc.
Plus, having traveled extensively, I have never seen a “United States” museum in any other foreign country.
Mr. Zavan Kazazian, of the proposed museum’s executive committee, recently made an absolutely lovely sounding statement about the “Armenian experience translating into learning about other cultures.” This, frankly, is utterly meaningless especially here in Southern California, the multicultural hub of North America.
Also – he seems to indicate that the museum will not be self-sustaining, and will depend solely on private donations? Another ethereal statement.
The British Museum is in London; the Vatican Museum is in the Vatican, the American Smithsonian Museum is in D.C. and the gorgeous Chinese Museum is in Shanghai. It would make much more sense to put an Armenian museum in the capital of Armenia – and, of course, encourage people to visit it there.