About ACOM

The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota (ACOM) preserves and promotes Armenian culture, language, history and heritage in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in St. Paul, ACOM is the oldest and largest Armenian organization in the state.

ACOM welcomes everyone, regardless of ethnic, religious or political affiliation, who takes an interest in Armenia and Armenians. Our members include first-generation through fourth-generation Minnesota Armenians, their families, and non-Armenian friends of the community.

ACOM's numerous cultural and social events include the annual holiday party (barahantess), Armenian dance parties (KEF), guest speakers, Armenian language classes, folk dance lessons and performances, chamber music concerts, art shows, summer picnics, and craft sales.

The most significant undertaking for ACOM has been the International Institute's Festival of Nations, the second largest attraction in Minnesota. ACOM sponsors all Armenian activities at this major regional folk festival held annually in St. Paul. The Festival is ACOM's most visible public venue. This event has helped keep Minnesota Armenians in the public's eye, and in recent years, through the efforts of some of the members, ACOM has managed to spread awareness of its value and impact on society across the U.S.

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