Farhang Foundation names new chairman Hormoz Ameri

Foundation moves to ensure continuity after untimely passing of former Chairman Ahmad Gramian.

July 16, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA - Farhang Foundation announced today that Mr. Hormoz Ameri, who has been with the foundation since 2012, and most recently served as Vice-Chairman and Acting Chairman, will be assuming the role of Chairman effective today. He will succeed Mr. Ahmad Gramian, a founding trustee of Farhang Foundation, who had served as chairman from 2017 until his untimely passing on July 2, 2018.

"We will sorely miss Ahmad and his immense contributions and presence. However, because we all believe in the mission of Farhang Foundation, it is important that we continue to move forward," said Ali C. Razi, founding Chairman of Farhang Foundation. "In Hormoz Ameri, we have a proven leader who is incredibly passionate about our culture and has been a truly active leader within Farhang from the time he joined. He is the right person to ensure continuity of strong leadership at our Farhang Foundation, and has the full support of our board of trustees. We are sure that Hormoz will make a great Chairman."

"I am truly humbled and honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Farhang Foundation," said Hormoz Ameri. "Over the past ten years, this leadership position has benefited from the legacy of our Founding Chairman, Mr. Ali C. Razi, followed by my late dear friend Mr. Ahmad Gramian, both of whom contributed their considerable talent, resources and leadership to help build Farhang into one of the preeminent Iranian cultural foundations in the world today. The responsibility of the Chairman is to lead the Board of Trustees in executing on the Foundation's mission of promoting Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large, and to successfully achieve its long-term goals and vision. I take on this responsibility with great humility and intend to give it all my zest and energy as Farhang moves into its second decade of operations."

Over the past ten years Farhang Foundation has grown to become one of the leading Iranian cultural foundations in the world. Establishing cultural, academic and artistic programs and initiatives in collaborations with major cultural and academic institutions in Southern California. Some of the highlighted initiatives include the establishment of the country's largest Annual Celebration of Nowruz (Iranian New Year), attracting over 20,000 visitors in 2017, successfully establishing historic Iranian studies programs at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine, as well as the recently announced Iranian music degree program at the University of California, Los Angeles, a first of its kind in the United States. In addition, Farhang sponsors countless Iranian arts and cultural events for the community at large, including being the proud sole sponsor of the long running UCLA Celebrations of Iranian Cinema. One of Farhang's most recent successful projects is The Freedom Sculpture - a monument to multicultural coexistence to be gifted to the city of Los Angeles.

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Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications, and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings, and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints, or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions, or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.