Center in Yerevan - Armenia
Center in Shoushi - Artsakh
Press Kit

Your Cultural Connection

Naregatsi Art Institute (NAI) is a non-profit organization that was established and currently operates on purely charitable bases.
Founded in the USA by philanthropist Nareg Hartounian in the year 2000, the Institute has branches in Yerevan and Shoushi.
Named after Saint Gregory of Narek, the NAI’s principle mission is to preserve and promote Armenian art, culture and spiritual values.
NAI has a concert hall, an exhibit hall in Yerevan, and a cultural educational complex in Shoushi.
Admission to all events is free.


  • To cultivate, support, sponsor, and actualize programs and initiatives intended for the preservation, study, rejuvenation, development and accessibility of the Armenian cultural and spiritual legacy.
  • To support young professional artists and to sustain their establishment by providing them with opportunities to exhibit their work, to perform, and to participate in festivals free of charge, as well as publishing their work, including albums in the format of audio and digital video discs, free of charge.


Since its inception, the NAI


It was launched in 2006.

It has a concert hall, exhibition hall, a theatre, classrooms and a library.
The NAI Shoushi Center provides a variety of classes for 80 - 100 children and is a workplace for about 20 teachers and employees.
The Center provides a variety of classes in painting, art therapy, carpet making, animation, pottery; has theatrical and puppet theater groups and groups with spiritual orientation.
It comes up with special programs for frontier soldiers.
Since its foundation the NAI hosts the Aram Manoukian Summer Camp, founded by the Diaspora Armenian Shamlian family, which enables about 300 children to attend the activities held there every year.

The Center's objective is:

  • to contribute to the cultural awakening of the city
  • to offer work opportunities to professional artists and craftspeople


The RA Ministry of Culture Highest Honour: A Gold Medal, 2011
For the significant contribution in the development and promotion of Armenian culture

Naregatsi Folk Instruments Ensemble
The Best Album of the Year Award at the National Music Awards, 2010

Naregatsi Folk Instruments Orchestra
Grand Prize winner at the First Contest-Festival of Folk Instruments Ensembles dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia, 2016.

Shoushi Center
Artsakh competition-festival of amateur groups, 1st Prize
Folk and patriotic song festival, 1st Prize
Theatre-X PanArmenian Festival, 2nd Prize
Nran Hatik PanArmenian Festival, Prize “Trichk” (Flight)

Yerevan, Armenia
Vardanants 16/1
Shoushi, Artsakh
6 Mouratsan St
New Jersey, USA
Van Brunt Street Englewood