Feb. 17

Rasson Betyonan

The Assyrian Cultural Foundation’s Lead Music Instructor, Rasson Betyonan, helped create ACF’s music program.  However, his musical contributions do not stop there.  He has been teaching and composing music for over forty years.   Born in Tehran, Iran, Betyonan showed an interest in music at an early age.  Although his parents discouraged him from playing […]

Feb. 12

Nebu J. Issabey

Did you know that the Assyrian Cultural Foundation’s Music Program is Named After the Assyrian Musician, Nebu J. Issabey? Among his many accomplishments, Issabey is perhaps best known for founding the Nineveh Choir in 1955, which was Tehran’s first Assyrian choir.  The choir performed a wide variety of pieces, including works by composers such as […]

Feb. 11

Ilbrone Petrossi

Did you know that Ilbrone Petrossi, the actor in the Assyrian films Cousins and Basamtit Reesha, is also the primary photographer and videographer for ACF’s events? Since 2017, Ilbrone Petrossi has been producing photos and videos for ACF.  From our music recitals to our art competitions to our staff photos, Ilbrone is always ready to […]

Feb. 05

Salvatore Salla

Did you know that there was an Assyrian artist who painted royalty?  Salvatore Salla may not sound like an Assyrian name, but this man was actually a famous Chicago painter in the early and mid-twentieth century. Isho Sava was born to Abraam and Angel Sava on August 3, 1903 in Khosrawa.  Khosrawa, also known as […]

Feb. 04

ACF’s 2020 Fine Arts Competition Winner: Reni Stephan

The Assyrian Cultural Foundation is proud to announce that Reni Stephan is the first place winner of its 2020 Fine Arts Competition. If you have ever visited the Assyrian Cultural Foundation, Reni’s works would have immediately caught your attention.  All of the giant replicas of ancient Assyrian reliefs found throughout the building were created by […]