• ★ The National Center for Aesthetics organized an informational meeting with representatives of inclusive organizations at the newly established Inclusive Training Centre for Performing Arts. The NCA’s Director Vahan Badalyan presented the history of the Training Centre’s establishment, environmental and technical conditions, the goals of......

  • Soon the Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Annual Painting Contest-Festival’s winners’ names will be announced. This year around 300 participants from 6 countries took part in the contest-festival, entitled: “Armenian Statehood: Self-Recognition”. The professional jury has selected the best artworks to be included in the virtual......

  • ★ Soon the Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Annual Painting Contest-Festival’s winners’ names will be announced. This year around 300 participants from 6 countries took part in the contest-festival, entitled: “Armenian Statehood: Self-Recognition”. By November 26th the professional jury will select the best artworks, which will......

  • If you have dreamed of being on stage, leaving the audience rows and trying your abilities in dance… If you want to discover  your full potential, leave the stereotypes of the classic rules  behind and follow your body… If you want to add new colours......

  • There are no limits for those who dream big. “Dance “Without Borders/Unlimited” project was created around this concept about 8 years ago. This joint initiative of the National Centre for Aesthetics (NCA) and British Council Armenia was an incredible and fundamental change in inclusive art.......

  • The Creaviva Children’s Museum at the Zentrum Paul Klee Centre in Switzerland is an alternative platform for art education. From the get-go it has operated with its own philosophy and concept. Children are not taught the “alphabet” of art here. Instead, they are encouraged to......

  •   Dear Participants, Thank you for your participation in the first phase of the online courses as part of the Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Annual Painting Contest-Festival, entitled: “Armenian Statehood: Self-Recognition”. We would like to inform you that our specialists will answer your questions during......

  • If you want to discover the inexhaustible possibilities of art, gain new and profound knowledge, familiarize yourself with different directions and techniques, then our offer is for you. Admission for 2021-2022 academic year to the Studios of the National Center for Aesthetics after Henrik Igityan......

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If you want to discover the endless possibilities of art, gain new and profound knowledge, familiarize yourself with different directions and techniques, then our offer is for you.

The Studios of the National Center for Aesthetics after Henrik Igityan are announcing admission for  2021-2022 academic year in the following fields:

Painting |Drawing


Carpet | Tapestry



Sculpture |Papier Mache |Wood sculpture



Additional information will be provided soon.

★ For questions, please contact us at the following phone number: ☏ 060 83 33 83

Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Painting Annual Contest-Festival

The acceptance of online applications for participation in the Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Annual Painting Contest-Festival has commenced. Procedure and application details are provided in the link. As a reminder, the Pan-Armenian Children and Youth Annual Painting Contest-Festival is open to art- enthusiasts, gifted Armenian children and the youth aged 6 to 18 from all over the world.

“Small Theater – NCA” in the Focus of the British Periodical

Who are the young artists of Yerevan? What motivates them to experiment with new forms and content without being afraid of different boundaries and barriers? The reputable British periodical The Calvert Journal talked to six young Armenian artists to discover the path they have passed, their impulses to create, and their main themes.  The Calvert also introduced NCA’s Director and Artistic Director of Small Theatre Vahan Badalyan to its readers.

You can read the article here.

Art as a Tool for a Change

Share Music, a Sweden-based organization, in collaboration with Small Theater is implementing a joint project dedicated to the rights of children and inclusiveness.  The latter institutions have always embraced these concepts as part of their activities and will voice them through a puppet performance. This extensive project consists of several stages. The research has already commenced.  The Swedish artists have held online interviews with the Small Theater Studio’s children to explore their knowledge and approach regarding human–rights. Children’s rights were emphasized. Similarly, Armenian artists will work with Swedish children.  A script will be written based on the collected material. The play featuring professional actors will be staged based on the script. The play will debut in Sweden next autumn and in Armenia afterwards.

“Vivants!”: Crossing Glances

The works of five young French and Armenian photographers are exhibited in the Museum of the Henrik Igityan National Centre for Aesthetics (Abovyan 13) from March 23 to April 18. In the exhibition entitled “Vivants!” the photographers present their perceptions about modern France and Armenia. The exhibition is initiated by the French Embassy in Armenia in collaboration with the annual French festival CIRCULATION(S) organized by the FETART Collective and the National Centre for Aesthetics.

The entrance is free.


“Self-Recognition: Erebuni”

The extensive project “Self-Recognition: Erebuni” has entered a new work phase. Accompanied by the NCA specialists, the Centre’s students have visited the “Erebuni” Historical-Archaeological Reserve-Museum, listened to lectures, participated in game-excursions, and familiarized themselves with the potential of the museum and its branches for about a month. The sketching stage has now commenced. Inspired by the visits the participants are in active creative process during which they develop the sketches of their works. “This gives an opportunity not only to draw/paint what they are impressed by,  but also to think how to utilize the received new information in the creative process”, says Sona Hovhannisyan, an expert on educational programs and the project’s coordinator.  Following the completion of the sketching phase the students will create works in different directions of fine arts with modern techniques and present their own interpretation of the given historical period. Visits to the ancient sites of Shengavit and Karmir Blur (“Red Hill”) are forthcoming.

One Step Forward in the Realm of Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness is one of the priorities of NCA’s new strategy and due to continuous efforts and work it will gradually be incorporated in all directions of the Centre’s activities. As part of  “Dance Without Borders” project initiated by the British Council, the NCA Small Theater established the first professional inclusive dance group in Armenia in 2013, thereby becoming the best visible example of major changes in this field. The close and ongoing cooperation with United Kingdom’s eminent dance company “Candoco” played a constructive role in its establishment and development. Since its establishment the dance group has created six different inclusive plays which have been performed more than a hundred times in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Scotland. The positive feedback as well as the consistent discussions at the state level regarding the project acted as a catalyst for establishing an inclusive dance training centre in Armenia as the best format for developing inclusive art. With the support of the British Council the NCA organized an online meeting with “Candoco” Dance Company as part of the centre’s creation process. NCA Director and Artistic Director of the Small Theatre Vahan Badalyan along with the members of the inclusive dance group talked about the works implemented in Armenia, presented their experience, and discussed the next steps of collaboration with their British counterparts.

These continuous meetings will enable the creation of the educational formats and mechanisms to guide Armenia’s inclusive dance centre.


An extensive exhibition entitled “Diversity” will open in NCA’s Museum on May 15. The exhibition was initiated by the “Dialogue of Cultures” organization in conjunction with the Jan Matejko Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and NCA as part of the upcoming “Third International Print Biennale, Yerevan 2021.”

59 creative printing artworks by 40 Polish artists will be exhibited at the premises of the NCA Museum until July 5. The curators of the exhibition are Dr. Mateusz Otremba and Tomasz Winiarski. Dr. Otremba is the President of the International Jury of the Second and Third International Print Biennale Yerevan and a professor at the Jan Matejko Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. Mr. Winiarski is the first prize winner of the First International Print Biennale, Yerevan 2017. The goal of the exhibitio

n is promoting the professional interest in printing artworks in Armenia, meanwhile presenting the Armenian audience the possibilities of various techniques used by artists active internationally and specializing in this field.


The world’s first children’s gallery was opened in Yerevan on March 13th, 1970, which later was renamed to Children’s Art Museum. Art critic Henrik Igityan and pedagogue Zhanna Aghamiryan were the founders. The opening of the gallery was a significant event not only in the art life of Armenia, but also in the whole Soviet Union. There was no such other children’s institution in the world.

The Children’s Art Museum in Armenia, which initially operated as a gallery with a small exhibition, later acquired a large permanent collection including 150,000 works from Armenia and 120 countries around the world. Individual, group, nationwide, all-union, and international exhibitions have been organized in the museum with great success. Numerous paintings by Armenian children have been observed with interest in many countries ever since.

Later, the Children’s Gallery served as the basis for the establishment of the National Centre for Aesthetics. The Aesthetic Centre for Armenia was established by the government’s decision on October 18th, 1978. It later became known as National Centre for Aesthetics (NCA), which was one of a kind in the world.



From the get-go, NCA became an institution geared toward familiarizing Armenian children and the youth with all branches of art and culture in general, as well as discovering and developing their creative talents and preferences. Together with its regional branches, it remained the only one carrying out this mission for many years. Many of representatives of Armenia’s cultural and intellectual realm received their education in this Centre.

NCA’s activities have always involved open-minded and highly qualified artists-lecturers, experts, cultural and art figures. For fifty years, they have been educating and mentoring their students therefore contributing not only to the development of cultural literacy and aesthetic taste of children and the youth, but also to the current and further formation and full accomplishment of the Armenian cultural realm. From the beginning, the Centre categorically rejected all dogmatic methodological manuals and programs that had nothing to do with children and real art. The institution was created and continues to operate as an experimental laboratory, fulfilling its high mission.

As a specialized centre for children, through educational-cultural teaching NCA’s mission has always been developing an aesthetic taste among Armenia’s children, discovering, and enhancing their creative skills, nurturing a generation that appreciates art, and establishing a relevant international network.



The National Centre for Aesthetics provides free education annually to more than 1600 children throughout the country in various branches of art.

NCA is home to:

  • NCA Museum;
  • Small Theatre;
  • “Metro” theater-studio;
  • Children’s Philharmonic;
  • 7-year school of National Instruments, which is one of its kind in the country (1982).

 Since the day of its establishment, NCA has galvanized Armenia’s cultural life with its activities. The results of the work of different subdivisions of NCA are as follow:

  • Regularly organized exhibitions presenting children’s art works in Armenia and abroad (symposium and exhibition in New York dedicated to aesthetic nurturing in Armenia (1991); exhibition of Armenian children’s art works at the World Bank in Washington (1999-2000); exhibition in Strasbourg, Parliament of the Council of Europe (2000),  exhibition in Rome (2000), traveling exhibition in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia (2001-2002)’ exhibition pertaining to Biblical topics in Marseille in the framework of the project “Year of Armenia in France” (2007), etc.),
  • Innovative performances stand out in the Armenian theatrical realm with their different set-ups. The Small Theater has received the Armenian Theatrical Award “Artavazd” (“The Diary of a Madman” (2007), “Ophelia’s Shadow Theater” (2008), “Ne me quitte pas / Don’t Leave Me” (2015)) and has participated in several reputable international festivals of performing arts where it has received multiple awards. The performances have been presented in different countries.
  • Quality publications which brought to life  popular books with illustrations for children (“Bible”, “David of Sassoun”, “Hovhannes Tumanyan: Armenian fairy tales”, etc.); for the first time references have been made to different Armenian artists (Minas, Vruyr, Emil Gazaz, etc.); number of  books with illustrations have been published presenting NCA’s major projects and collaborations (“Japan Through the Eyes of Armenian Children” (2011), “Space” (2012), “Henrik Igityan: Creator of the Planet” (2012), “The Power of Love is Invincible” (2012-2016), etc.).
  • Organized concerts which contribute to the promotion of national musical instruments, songs, and dance both in Armenia and abroad (in different years the groups of the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra have performed in the USA, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and other countries).

NCA carries out its activities in the capital Yerevan, as well as in different regions (Gyumri, Sevan, Goris, Meghri, Vanadzor) of the republic offering art education to local children and teenagers further enriching their cultural life.



Summing up its operations of 50 years in 2020, NCA restarted its work with a new strategy and vision. Vahan Badalyan, an Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia and an Artistic Director of the NCA’s Small Theater, has been appointed director of NCA. By adhering to Igityan’s vision as well as adopting the approaches of the modern world, the Centre has expanded the scope of its activities to become more inclusive.  As such, the services will be available not only to children exclusively, but to anyone interested in art. The Centre pays a great attention to introduction of contemporary art in cultural-educational programs as well as in all its activities in general.

For this purpose, the Children’s Art Museum was formerly renamed the NCA Museum, becoming a multi-profile art platform. In parallel with the permanent exhibition, temporary, traveling, children’s, regional (reporting), international, jubilee exhibitions will be held here throughout the year. The museum will be an open platform for young artists, it will become an active meeting venue for culturologists, art critics, and publicists.

NCA, represented by the Small Theatre, has always focused on the issue of inclusiveness. The introduction of inclusiveness will be emphasized more than ever in all directions of NCA’s upcoming activities such as museum, main education projects, art platforms, etc. Inclusiveness will be incorporated into NCA based on the international experience and the cooperation with partners developed over the years. As such, the next steps will include establishing a dance training centre in Yerevan for people with different skills as the best format for the development of inclusive art in Armenia.

The works to create the Metro Performing Art Centre are also in process. With its architectural solutions, the Centre will become the first institution to be fully available to people with disabilities. Apart from being part of the audience without any difficulties, the latter will have an opportunity to perform as well. All the theatrical directions will be presented in Metro Performing Art Centre. It will become a venue for young artists with a say but no platform to develop and present it. Inclusive training centre will be established based on the experience of Small Theatre.  Artists with or without disabilities will perform here on equal terms.

NCA values the international cooperation, professional communication, and the exchange of experience of famous Armenian specialists with their foreign counterparts. In this regard, with its various educational and creative branches NCA will become an active platform to hold meetings for students, Armenian and foreign artists, as well as organize master classes.





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