Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit, humanitarian organization sponsored by the Philadelphia Church of God and headquartered on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The two-pronged concept behind all of the foundation’s goals and activities is: 1) that man is a unique being, possessing vast mental, physical and spiritual potentials—the development of which should be aided and encouraged, and 2) that it is the responsibility of all men to attend to and care for the needs of their fellow men, a precept professed by the vast majority of religions of the world—appropriately summed up in three biblical words: “Love thy neighbor.”

The foundation has sponsored several activities in Jerusalem. In 2006, the foundation began supplying volunteers and aid to Dr. Eilat Mazar’s ground-breaking excavation of King David’s palace in Jerusalem. It has also helped refurbish Liberty Bell Park in the heart of the city, a project Herbert W. Armstrong had started.

The foundation began in 1996 as the Philadelphia Foundation. Early that year, it took over a project the defunct Ambassador International Cultural Foundation had left behind: collaboration with the Al-Hussein Society in Amman, Jordan. The organization sent volunteers—all pcg members—to work with physically and mentally handicapped Jordanian children and to revive the cultural tradition of Herbert W. Armstrong. The foundation also lent support to the Petra National Trust.

The foundation began sponsoring a small concert series in 1998. Since then, the series has grown significantly, attracting tens of thousands of guests to the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus. Featured artists include the likes of the Vienna Choir Boys, the Eroica Trio, the Canadian Brass, the Romeros Guitar Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic Winds, Peter Schickele, Jubilant Sykes, the King’s Singers and other world-renowned performers.

To make its connection to the college more evident, the foundation changed its name in 2006 to Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.

The foundation’s concert series is patterned after the famed Ambassador International Cultural Foundation’s series, hosted at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Under Herbert Armstrong, the auditorium, known as the “Carnegie Hall of the West Coast,” welcomed greats such as Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Horowitz, Joan Sutherland, the Vienna Philharmonic and other musical legends. Beyond Pasadena, the foundation stretched from Bombay to Brussels, Tokyo to Cairo, Jerusalem to London, Nepal to Okinawa, and the Netherlands to the Philippines.

When Herbert Armstrong’s successors axed the foundation after his death, the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation picked up the fallen baton. Though it began in the smallest of ways, the foundation continues to grow.

In 2004, the foundation obtained some of the treasures that were considered the crown jewels of the Ambassador Auditorium: a 9-foot Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano and two Baccarat crystal candelabra. To house these artifacts and provide a spectacular concert venue for central Oklahoma, the foundation completed construction on Armstrong Auditorium in September 2010.

Find more about the foundation and Armstrong Auditorium by visiting its official website:

Articles about the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

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The 2019-2020 Armstrong International Cultural Foundation Performing Arts Series
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Russian National Ballet Performs Swan Lake
20 Years of Concerts at Armstrong Auditorium 16x9
20 Years of Concerts at Armstrong Auditorium
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Armstrong Auditorium Hosts Bach Collegium Japan
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Vienna Boys Choir Performs at Armstrong Auditorium
Time for three, instrumentalists
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary Season
More than 150 attend event prior to Time for Three concert
Series to Showcase the Best Mr. Jenkins conducting the orchestra
Lessons From History: A Series to Showcase the Best
This performing arts series proves that man has incredible potential.
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Public Relations Department Continues Engaging Community
Director Shane Granger speaks to local service clubs.
IsaiahHezekiah Exhibit Grand Opening viewing artifacts, Armstrong Auditorium, June 10
Armstrong Auditorium Opens Archaeological Exhibit of Hezekiah and Isaiah Bullae
Opening events include speeches from Member of the Knesset Michael Oren, archaeologist Eilat Mazar, and Armstrong International Cultural Foundation chairman Gerald Flurry
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Armstrong International Cultural Foundation
Old rusty shovel in sand on building.
The Iron Bridge
The partnership between a religious leader and an archaeologist—and its value to young people
Armstrong Auditorium Sunset Sundown Swans in Flight
Foundation Begins 19th Concert Season in September
New 2017–2018 season at Armstrong Auditorium includes 10 performances.
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Journalist Melanie Phillips Discusses ‘A World in Turmoil’ at Armstrong Auditorium
British journalist speaks to hundreds about Arab-Israel impasse.
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Israeli Consul General Eitan Levon Addresses Students, Faculty
Consul General of Israel to the Southwest U.S. focuses on Israeli security situation.
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Jerusalem Quartet and Diplomat Eitan Levon Visit Armstrong Auditorium
Israel theme includes forum, reception and concert.
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The Five Irish Tenors Harmonize at Armstrong Auditorium
Armstrong guests hear the ‘Voices of Ireland.’
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Russian National Ballet Theatre Brings a Double Dose of Don Quixote to Armstrong Auditorium
Ballet company performs Spanish-themed ballet two nights in a row
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Widow’s Might Brings Book of Ruth to Life
Musical based on biblical heroine premieres at Armstrong Auditorium.
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Wu Man, Shanghai String Quartet Introduce Armstrong Auditorium to the Pipa
Oklahomans experience “A Night in Ancient and New China.”
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Turtle Island Quartet Brings Coltrane to Armstrong Auditorium
Quintessential chamber jazz group plays for hundreds.
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‘Voice Meets Cello’ at Armstrong Auditorium
Oklahoma artists team up for foundation concert series.
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World-Famous StepCrew Conducts Video Shoot at Armstrong Auditorium
Canadian dance troupe rehearses, records for three days before Armstrong show
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Foundation Representatives Attend Oklahoma Conference on Tourism
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Shane Granger and Edwin Trebels connect with other professionals.
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Foundation Staff Attends Turkish Dialogue Institute Awards
Event promotes understanding and cooperation among cultures
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Foundation Representative Speaks at OKC Social Event
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Edwin Trebels delivers presentation on igniting change.