In 2000, Younes and Soraya Nazarian founded the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation in Los Angeles, California, and in 2003, they established the regional office in Tel Aviv, Israel, under the name of the Ima Foundation. The Foundation is driven by the core belief that the promotion and support of education is the most important catalyst for societal change. The Foundation’s charitable giving is focused on supporting educational causes through a multipronged approach, be it in the academic setting, the public policy arena, community targeted or the artistic realm. The Foundation is interested in planting seeds, building bridges, and enabling pioneering thinkers to imbue their knowledge into today’s global community.
In conjunction with her 2011 retrospective exhibition, Mrs. Nazarian also launched the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Artists Initiative, a program designed to assist emerging artists with obtaining studio and exhibition space in the Los Angeles area. A portion of proceeds from current and future exhibition and book sales will benefit the Initiative.
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