Kyrgyz American Foundation
Aza serves as the president of Kyrgyz American Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to strengthen civil, humanitarian and cultural ties between Kyrgyzstan and the United States by advancing intercultural awareness and cooperation. While preserving the multicultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan, the Kyrgyz American Foundation strives to cultivate a strong sense of identity for Kyrgyz Americans living in and contributing to the United States, through unique cultural and educational initiatives.
Aza at the Sounds of Kyrgyzstan concert at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC
Aza moderates the discussion panel at the international conference, Chinghiz Aitmatov at 90, in partnership with The Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
The KAF’s Kyrgyz Heritage Program is dedicated to serve the communities of the New York Metropolitan Area by offering low-cost instruction in Kyrgyz music, as well as classes in the culture and art of Kyrgyzstan. The program’s activities also include international academic and business conferences, lectures and roundtable discussions on cultural and diplomatic issues relevant to the region and its history.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help young Kyrgyz Americans to better understand their background, increase interaction with their non-Kyrgyz neighbors, and give them a stronger sense of identity and integration into their communities.
Aza performs Kyrgyz classical music at an elementary school in Chicago, IL
Aza greets youth audience members at the Sounds of Kyrgyzstan concert at Nichols Concert Hall in Chicago, IL
KAF’s Outreach Program presents unique educational and community outreach events, including lecture-concerts and free master classes in music performance skills, art exhibits and ethnic shows throughout the United States, introducing students and general audiences to the culture and history of Kyrgyzstan and the Eurasia.
This program serves everyone in the USA in partnership with institutions such as Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Brooklyn College and The Kennedy Center among others.
Aza congratulates the youngest member of the Kyrgyz Heritage program after her performance on the komuz at Central Asian Diaspora in the USA: The Case of Kyrgyz Americans cultural program in partnership with with The Harriman Institute at Columbia University
Aza with performers after the Sounds of Kyrgyzstan concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.