Marine Karoyan

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Marine Karoyan - the Founding Artistic Director of ARé Cultural Foundation, a non–profit arts organization - is a musician, pianist, art critic and curator.

In 2015, Karoyan founded ARé, an innovative arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of music and contemporary art as well as fostering cultural policy and art thinking practices at large. As the Artistic Director of ARé, Karoyan has collaborated with a broad range of local and global contemporary artists and theorists. Recently, ARé has been an implementing member of a project of ten European cultural organizations in the European Commission's "Creative Europe" framework program.
A member of the ICOM and IETM communities, Karoyan is a frequently invited curator for different local and international cultural projects.
Currently, Marine Karoyan is the National Coordinator of Armenia of the EU4Culture European Programme being implemented in six EaP countries.
From April 2021, Marine Karoyan is also the director of the HayArt Cultural Centre in Yerevan.


Karoyan is the author of the book “Art Education & Exhibition: Non-Governmental Institutional Trends in Independent Armenia” being the only comprehensive publication on this issue. The book presents the author's nine interviews with the founding heads of non-state centres of art education and exhibition established after Armenia's independence in 1991.


Marine Karoyan is a postgraduate of the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas with two diplomas with honours as a performer and as an art critic. She is an affectionate chamber music player and has been a music professor in the conservatory mentioned above and the State Pedagogical University, as well as a visiting lecturer at other major educational and cultural institutions in Armenia.


Karoyan holds an academic degree of Doctor of Psychology of Music. She is the author of around 20 scientific articles and numerous writings on art issues.