Raffi Wartanian

Raffi Joe Wartanian is a multiplatform storyteller passionate about social justice, creativity, and innovative institutions. 

Through writing, music, activism, and other mediums, he pursues stories exploring gravity, levity, and hope. A first generation Armenian-American born in Baltimore to parents displaced by the Lebanese Civil War and grandparents who survived the Armenian Genocide, Raffi has encountered numerous social, economic, and political vantage points that inform his perspectives and output. This has led to working in areas of refugee resettlement, civil society development, education, and beyond.

Raffi’s art and activism have been supported by the Fulbright Program, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Humanity in Action, and Gulbenkian Foundation. His writing and film work have appeared in venues including The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and Lincoln Center among others. As a musician, he has performed alongside Grammy Award-winning flutist Mary Youngblood, created music and lyrics for award-winning vocalist Eileen Khatchadourian, and has performed internationally as an oud player and singer-songwriter. Raffi is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University School of the Arts where he has taught and organized creative writing workshops at Rikers Island Jail Complex and the Manhattan VA. He is also developing new musical compositions with support from La Bella Strings, and a feature screenplay about a Texas gun show (which finished in the top 10% of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship).

 Portraits of Memory - Aram Manukyan  

 Portraits of Memory - Harutyun Marutyan 

Velvet Revolution: The Moments In-Between

In 2018, the Armenian people were swept up in a nationwide movement that would come to be known as the Velvet Revolution. Photojournalist Eric Grigorian took thousands of photos, documenting and capturing images of ordinary people who came together to achieve the extraordinary. Through his own words, Grigorian tells the story of the revolution and the moments in-between.


Portraits of Memory: Gyumri


This year marks not only the 30th anniversary of the earthquake, but also the 30th anniversary of the start of the Karabakh Movement. Before the Velvet Revolution, EVN Report traveled to Gyumri to talk to the people there about their memories, concerns and dreams for the future. These are the voices of the participants of the 1988 Movement from Gyumri.




Introspective Armenia: Portraits of Memory

Dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Karabakh Movement


The 1988 Karabakh Movement brought about a period of intense and sweeping changes and the people of Armenia were leading the charge. 




Ինտրոսպեկտիվ Հայաստան. Հիշողության դիմանկարներ

Նվիրվում է Ղարաբաղյան շարժման 30-ամյակին

1988-ին սկասած Ղարաբաղյան Շարժումը ինտենսիվ և վիթխարի փոփոխությունների ժամանակաշրջան էր, որն առաջնորդում էր հայ ժողովուրդը: 


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