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Saroyan
House Museum Project

The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Fund purchased William Saroyan’s Fresno home in 2015 and announced the start of the Saroyan House Museum project. The aim of the project is to reveal the character and nature of the writer, allowing one to experience his little-known perspectives, and convey these through unique high- tech presentations. The house at 2729 West Griffith Way, where Saroyan spent the last 17 years of his life, will serve as his permanent address. For a complete representation of the prominent writer, the project has created the largest digital archive, collected and conserved related Saroyan memorabilia, photographs, paintings, graphics, movies and recordings. The collection will be displayed through interactive technology. Recordings from Saroyan’s musical archive will be played in the rooms to ensure a Saroyan environment, and in one of the rooms, the writer will be present in the form of a holographic image. The museum is the first in the region to offer these innovative solutions and the first house museum in the world for the renowned writer William Saroyan.

Board of Trustees

Following the establishment of the project, a board of trustees was formed, whose distinguished members have greatly contributed to the concepts of the project.

Artur Janibekyan

Philanthropist and Founder of the “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual Foundation

Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Director, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno

Raphael Hovhannisyan

President of the Pan-Armenian Geographical Association

Nora Yakoubyan

Community activist and retired educator

Dr. Dickran Kouymjian

Professor of Armenian Studies, Emeritus, California State University, Fresno

Raphael Hakobjanyan

Writer and playwright

Team

The William Saroyan House Museum staff consists of young, motivated and creative professionals, who aim to protect and preserve Saroyan’s heritage as well as the museum’s collection.

Hakob Hakobyan

Director of “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual foundation

Avag Simonyan

Project manager

Hasmik Meloyan

Archive manager

Liana Nikoghosyan

Research manager

Lusine Mkhitaryan

Project assistant

Anna Evoyan

Project assistant

Yelena Hakhumyan

Project assistant

Satenik Danielyan

Graphic designer

Arman Stepanyan

Graphic designer

Siranush Danielyan

Graphic designer
Art director

Tigran Artenyan

Graphic designer
Illustrator

About the
Foundation

“Renaissance” cultural and intellectual foundation, founded by Armenian philantrophist Arthur Janibekyan, is a non-profit organization founded by the Armenian , does not pursue commercial benefit. It acts on the basis of international treaties of RA, according to the constitution of RA and is available around the country. “Intellectual Renaissance” and “Cultural Renaissance” foundations were found in 2013 and 2014 accordingly, and were operating separately until 2017. In 2017, the foundations have united and are continuing their work as “Renaissance” cultural and intellectual foundation. The foundation works on preserving, developing and sharing Armenian intellectual and cultural heritage. Currently the foundation has it's branch in California, USA.

Saroyan
Lovers Club

After the creation of the Saroyan House project, the Saroyan lovers Club has been opened in Armenia that the Saroyan’s readers and friends, people who knew and met him, the Saroyan specialists and the university students have meeting at the Saroyan Club every month to discover the writer, read his creations, watch films, conduct discussions and analyze them etc. Among the Saroyan specialists are film director Julieta Kazhoyan, painter, photographer Vahan Kochar, president of "Hayheghinak" NGO Susanna Nersisyan, film critic, translator Artsvi Bakhchinyan and others.