Marine Karoyan

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Marine Karoyan, the visionary force behind ARé Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts, wears multiple hats as a musician, pianist, art critic, and curator.

Established ARé in 2015, she embarked on a mission to advance music and contemporary art through research, development, and presentation while contributing to cultural policy and art thinking practices on a broader scale.


As the Artistic Director of ARé, Karoyan has collaborated with various contemporary artists and theorists, both locally and globally. ARé has participated as an implementing member in a project involving ten European cultural organizations under the European Commission's "Creative Europe" framework program. As an active member of the ICOM and IETM communities, Karoyan is frequently invited to curate various local and international cultural projects.


Currently serving as the National Coordinator of Armenia for the EU4Culture European Programme, which spans six EaP (Eastern Partnership) countries, Karoyan continues to contribute significantly to the cultural landscape. Since April 2021, she has also taken on the director role at the HayArt Cultural Centre in Yerevan.


Karoyan's impact extends beyond organizational leadership. She authored the book "Art Education & Exhibition: Non-Governmental Institutional Trends in Independent Armenia," a pioneering publication that includes nine interviews with the founding heads of non-state centres of art education and exhibition established in Armenia after its independence in 1991.


Educationally, Marine Karoyan holds postgraduate degrees with honours in performance and art criticism from the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. She is recognized as a passionate chamber music player and has served as a music professor at the State Conservatory after Komitas, Yerevan, Armenia. Additionally, she has been a visiting lecturer at various prominent educational and cultural institutions in Armenia.


Karoyan's academic achievements include earning a Doctorate in Psychology of Music. Her extensive contributions to the field are reflected in approximately 25 scientific articles and numerous writings on art-related issues, solidifying her reputation as a multifaceted and influential figure in the world of arts and culture.