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The Karabakh Foundation seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments.
What does the Karabakh Foundation do?
The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.
Who are the Foundation’s audiences and partners?
Foundation audiences and partners include members of the general public, civic groups and institutions, students, scholars, academic groups and institutions, NGOs, and IGOs, in the United States and elsewhere. The Foundation’s expanding ranks of founders and advisors include a blue-ribbon panel of academicians; scholars; civic and community leaders; and other authorities on Azerbaijani, Turkic, and Caucasus history, languages, and culture. Foundation leaders continually seek to partner with like-minded individuals and institutions.
What are the Foundation’s desired outcomes?
The Karabakh Foundation strives to: afford Americans and others firsthand, local, and online transformative experiences regarding the cultural, linguistic, historic, social, political, and global impact of Azerbaijan and its regions and Turkic cultures in general; inspire and support young scholars engaged in the study of Azerbaijani, Turkic, and/or Caucasus topics, including fostering academic exchanges between Azerbaijan and the United States; generate concrete and reliable information for media coverage related to the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan; solidify networks and platforms for East-West cultural exchange and Azerbaijani representation in major festivals and celebrations of the art stimulate increased travel to and from Azerbaijan; contribute to improved cultural diversity in U.S. school curricula and systems; build a body of English-translation Turkic-language scholarly works and disseminate these publications in book form and on the Web; and facilitate networking, including online social networking, among young Azerbaijani professionals with roots from the Karabakh region, as a means of reinforcing and sharing heritage.
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