'In 2019 I was selected as one of the participants at the Re.Action project. Even before applying for the project I had learned a lot about it from my friend, an alumnus from different generations. I had observed their growth within the frames of the Re.Action project and it had challenged me to be one of them. During my educational year I improved my skills in project and financial management, gained lots of information about community development, leadership, and sustainability. I had an opportunity to build a strong network of professional and like-minded people. As a Re.Action alumna, I created a platform for young contemporary artists from Vanadzor city and promoted their work in the capital, Yerevan, through a series of exhibitions, workshops, and talks. I hope this is the first step of making Vanadzor a center of contemporary art, and a modern tourism destination.'
About Diana Ghazaryan
Diana Ghazaryan is a Master’s student at Yerevan State University UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History. She also works at the Nikolay Nikoghosyan cultural foundation as an art critic with the final goal of becoming an art curator. Diana’s passion for art and creativity is deeply rooted in her hometown Vanadzor and its unique cultural tapestry, especially local rock music and architecture, which have had a big impact on her personal and professional development.
About Ecohub and Re.Action
Based on the success that Ecohub Foundation for Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship (formerly EcoLab) achieved in 2018 und 2019 with the financial support from ifa/zivik, the project entitled 'Re.Action: Empower young Armenians for democratic acting, participation & community involvement', was also continued in 2020.
The project focuses on young people in the regions of Armenia and has an objective to contribute to a positive social change in the communities by promoting active citizenship, democratic acting and participation. The youngsters undergo comprehensive training on democratic decision making, critical thinking, and community development fostering their knowledge and practical skills to conduct small community projects in their regions.