The Boghossian Foundation (previously Robert Boghossian and Sons Fund) was established in Beirut, Lebanon. The Foundation is headed by Jean Boghossian, based in Belgium and Albert Boghossian, based in Switzerland.
The Boghossian Foundation first started working in Armenia in 1994. It came to support the newly independent state of Armenia, breathing new life into educational and cultural institutions by paying particular attention to their infrastructures and leisure zones.
Working through the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund the Boghossian Foundation has to date invested more than two million US dollars in the economic and spiritual rebirth of the homeland.
In 2001, in collaboration with the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the Boghossian Foundation established the annual “President of the Republic of Armenia Prize” to encourage the best specialists from different fields. These include people who have contributed to the development of Natural and Technical Sciences, Humanities, Physics, Information Technologies, Medical Sciences, Art, Literature and projects promoting the development and spreading of humanistic values.
In 2004 the “President of the Republic of Armenia Youth Prize” and “President Classical Music Youth Prize” were set up as well. The awards are aimed at encouraging talented and aspiring classical artists, writers and composers.
Also noteworthy is the Presidential Award for people who have made a valuable contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by emphasizing the importance of the crimes committed against the Armenian nation at the beginning of the 20th century.
In the years following the catastrophic earthquake of 1988, the Boghossian Foundation has implemented over a dozen projects. Gyumri Our Lady of Armenia Convent Boghossian Educational Center, Spitak Cultural Palace, the music school and the construction of water supply system in the villages of Talin region are some of the most noteworthy projects implemented by the Boghossian Foundation.
Also, through direct efforts of Jean and Albert Boghossian Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan, which is one of the first homes of contemporary Armenian art, was fundamentally reconstructed and received financial assistance.
Between the years 2006 and 2008 the Boghossian Foundation took on the task of designing and renovating Lovers’ Park Yerevan.
Today the Park is an exemplary model of public leisure areas in our city where people of all ages are able to fully relax and enjoy some peace. Lovers’ Park Yerevan is the first and as yet the only Japanese garden in Armenia.
In 2007 Jean and Albert Boghossian were decorated with Anania Shirakatsi Medals in recognition of their great contribution to the Motherland.
In 2010 the Boghossian Foundation created a centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West in the context of the famous Villa Empain in Brussels, which is destined to enrich and facilitate reciprocal discoveries between East and West, as well as fulfilling further ambitions: cultural, artistic, educational, scientific, as well as animating features highlighting the links that strengthen this dialogue.
For more information on Boghossian Foundation's activities visit: www.boghossian.am