Digital art։ mixing traditional with modern

COAF SMART is a hub of true digital natives. Digital Drawing is one of the oldest programs at SMART that has been available way before the SMART Citizenship Curriculum. In the curriculum learning format, it is one of the Art programs together with Performing Arts and Drawing. Digital drawing gives a contrast between the traditional…

Valerik 1*. Taron Marukyan

Botaas (boot), Gizmon, Rayno, Serik (greyish), Reejeek (redhead), Zerteek (trinket)- these are a few names of COAF SMART Drawing Instructor Taron Marukyan’s cats. He has nine of them, and none of their names is chosen by chance.  The first cat that appeared in Taron’s house was Rayno’s mother, Zerteek. “I was living alone in Yerevan,…

The backstage life of a front stage actor

“How often do you go to the theater?” asks Narek Duryan.  “There are no theaters for us to attend,” a response comes from the audience…  Unfortunately, rural communities in Armenia are mostly devoid of entertainment places such as movie theaters, theaters, museums, and cafes. People need to pass a long way to reach the “guilty…

Welcome to Aren’s mini handmade factory  

You hear the buzzing and clanging sounds filling the room as Aren, 15, turns on the machines one after the other. Welcome to the mini-factory of Aren Bulghadaryan, a COAF SMART Musical Instruments student from Vahagni village. Unlike most machine factories, here everything is handmade and “made of pure imagination”. Aren has been a longtime…

Yoga in Debet? Absolutely!

It took us about 2 hours to reach Debet through lofty and picturesque hills and mountains of Armenia. The weather was so nice that we spent some time outside enjoying the view, talking to each other, and taking pictures near the SMART Center. Time for SMARTConnects! It is a different story when nature, healthy lifestyle,…

Korioun Khatchadourian Appointed as Head of COAF Armenia

Yerevan, 15․01․2019 – Mr. Korioun Khatchadourian appointed as the new Managing Director of The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to lead the organization through its next phase of innovation and growth. Effective 8 January, 2019 Mr. Korioun Khatchadourian leads the Armenia-based team to build upon COAF’s core development areas, namely the novel COAF SMART initiative,…

Diplomatic Association visits COAF SMART Center

Members of Welcome to Armenia diplomatic association recently paid a visit to the COAF SMART Center located in Lori. The association, consisting mostly of diplomatic spouses and international representatives serving in Armenia, had the opportunity to tour the Center and learn about offerings such as robotics, science, blockchain, software programming and coding, foreign languages, theater,…

COAF SMART Center: Armenia’s New Tourist Destination

Armenia’s historic religious sites have long been a focus of visiting tourists, with hundreds of magnificent churches and historic monasteries dotting the picturesque landscape. But following the opening of the COAF SMART Center in 2018, Armenian tour operators have begun adding the Center to their itineraries, bringing tourists from around the world to one of…