…This program is currently in progress…
Description & Goal
The Vahé & Lucie Foundation Fellowship in Creative Industries is a 1-year program by Impact Hub Yerevan & the Vahé & Lucie Foundation to empower individuals who are undertaking art & culture related projects including research and/or the creation of new organizations or start-ups in Armenia.
The fellowship aims to inspire, connect & enable creative entrepreneurs, researchers, or organizations to do their best work in a supportive, inspiring environment that includes over 200 of Armenia’s best & brightest changemakers with over 50 organizations, enterprises & initiatives represented.
This fellowship program offers workshops, one-on-one mentoring, membership at Impact Hub Yerevan & seed funding to assist 15 people to develop, validate & implement their entrepreneurial or research ideas.
The fellowship offers Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, including:
- professional individual coaching by Fellowship Manager
- mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice (each project will be matched with a mentor)
- membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
- peer-to-peer learning component & professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 200+ creative innovators
- access to 100+ Impact Hubs around the world
- Opportunity for 3 ideas to receive Fellowship Awards in the form of Seed funding – $5,000 each upon completing the Fellowship program.
The length of the fellowship is one year.
Application deadline: March 23, 2022
Start date: April, 2022
The target group of this program are individuals, researchers, NGOs, businesses, social entrepreneurs, or projects with an idea that is focused on the creative industries in Armenia, including, but not limited to:
- Music, performing arts, visual arts
- Crafts (such as weaving, furniture design & jewelry design)
- Film, TV, animation, visual effects, video, radio & photography
- Video games, virtual reality & extended reality
- Museums, galleries & cultural heritage related undertakings
- Writing, publishing & libraries
- Design, including product design, graphic design & fashion
- Architecture & urban design
- Advertising & marketing
- Culinary arts
Bold & daring individuals/teams implementing ideas in the creative industries are eligible to apply.
Those selected for the Fellowship program must commit to pursuing their initiative as a top priority (i.e. with at least 70% of their time) & promise to participate in at least 70% of programs, events & community activities at Impact Hub Yerevan.
About Vahe and Lucie
Vahé studied painting at the National School of Fine arts in Paris. He was a painter & a graphic designer who founded his own full-service design & advertising agency that serviced entertainment & corporate accounts such as ABC Television, the “big 5” Hollywood movie studios, National Geographic, Nissan, UCLA Extension, First Interstate Bank, etc. Creative services included all aspects of corporate identity & communications, advertising & marketing campaigns, motion picture & television campaigns, & motion graphics & branding.
Vahé was also the designer of the raised-first Karabakh symbol & posters (1988), the designer of the flag of Karabakh (1998), one of the original founders of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival (2004) & the designer of its visual identity, the designer of Armenia Fund’s Telethon “Make it Happen” advertising campaign (2004), the art director of AIM/Armenian International Magazine (1990-1992), etc.
Lucie was a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate with a Master’s degree in philosophy & French literature. She then attended the intensive French Language & Civilization courses (CCFS) at Sorbonne University in Paris before meeting & marrying Vahé. Together they shared a commitment to & a passion for all things Armenian, higher education, the arts & exploring the world.