The Armenian Monuments Awareness Project (AMAP) partners with the Ministry of Culture on a multi-year project to increase awareness of Armenia’s historical, cultural and natural monuments by creating and installing signed, print, multimedia and online information at selected sites. AMAP goals include:
- Create and install multilanguage, multi-media interpretive introductions, directional signage and interactive visitor experiences for Armenia’s Historic and Cultural Monuments.
- Do the same for Armenian museums and excavations.
- Create Nature Trails and create and install multilanguage, multiple media interpretive displays, directional signage and visitor experiences for Armenia’s Natural Monuments.
- Develop Trails that group monuments according to themes and further enhance the visitor experience. Develop local capacities to serve visitors using the trails.
- Develop and enhance tourist infrastructure that is self-sustaining (rest stops, welcome centers, access and facilities at individual monuments).
- Create multi-language, multimedia presentations to select sites, including audio tours, video and film, online and other media formats.
- Create an online database of Armenian monuments and companion Armenian Heritage web site.
- Create materials for physically impaired visitors.
In 2010 we expanded our core work by developing monument clusters, theme travel trails and audio tours. Monuments include more interactive sites (excavations, museums, audio tours) and unique ways to explore Armenia (audio-visual presentations, GPS tours, E-kiosks, online interactive introductions).
In 2010 we installed over 240 information ports, panels and directional signs at over 61 locations nationwide: 13 monuments, 2 museums, a Nature Trail (Flora, birds and wildlife) and two travel trails: “Kings, Queens and Princes” and “Cradle of Civilization”. We also produced Braille panels for sight-impaired visitors (in five languages) and create an interactive Armenian Heritage web site.
AMAP is supported by USAID|CAPS, the Honorary Consul for Italy in Giumri, our corporate sponsor VivaCell-MTS, the US Ambassador Cultural Fund, the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other generous supporters of the project.