The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine was founded in 2003 by a group of Mainers who wished to preserve the history and culture of a unique branch of the Armenian diaspora.
Maine’s Armenian community is one of the oldest in America. The first immigrants arrived here in the late 19th century to escape growing persecution in Turkey. Hundreds more would arrive by the time of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Successive waves of new immigrants and their descendants now make Maine their home.
For more on the history of Armenians in Maine, see our History page.
ACAME’s first accomplishment was erecting a monument to the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide and Maine’s first Armenian immigrants. The granite monument and accompanying benches are located at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Franklin Arterial in Portland, on the edge of the neighborhood now known as Bayside. It was once the home of Maine’s original Armenian settlement, and it remains the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the state.
Membership in the Armenian Cultural Association of Maine is open to all.
Member support keeps the Armenian spirit alive in Maine. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contributions can be sent to the address below.
Armenian Cultural Association of Maine
42 River’s Edge Drive
Portland, ME 04101
You may also donate securely through Paypal by clicking the button below. ACAME is a tax-exempt nonprofit entity. Donations are tax deductible.
Our Volunteer Board
The ACA of Maine would not exist without the tireless of our community leadership. If you are interested in becoming involved and volunteering at ACA events, please contact: Raffi Der Simonian at (207) 756–0916
- Gerard Kiladjian
Co-founder and President
- Annie Kiladjian
Co-founder and Vice President
- Paul Proudian
- Raffi Der Simonian
- Armen Carapetian
- Carolyn Nishan
- Kristin Goodwin Sutton
Lead Dance Instructor
- Vahan Der Simonian
General Counsel, HR & Head of Recruitment Strategy
- Jean Murachanian, Ph.D.
- Kara Duffy
- Ara Jerahian
- Wartouhi Jerahian
- Renee Boghosian Goodwin