The Detroit Chapter of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.


The chapter was founded on Dec. 17, 1967, as the Armenian Cultural Association. Ten years later, the Association joined the Hamazkayin family. The chapter has a dance troupe, the Detroit Hamazkayin Arax Dance Ensemble, and once had a theater company. The chapter has organized lectures and events celebrating Armenian authors.

2022-2023 Officers:


  • Shoghere Ourlian Chairperson
  • Sona Vandevelde Vice Chairperson
  • Natalie Arslanian Secretary
  • Nyree Tufenkjian Treasurer
  • Lori Pilibosian Advisor
Hamazkayin Arax Dance Ensemble

> 115 Dancers – divided among 4 sub-groups;

  • Hrashk – 2nd through 4th grade
  • Houys – 5th through 7th grade
  • Arax Jr. – 8th through 11th grade
  • Arax Sr. – 12th and college