Sashka Avanyan is a social entrepreneur and filmmaker. She studied philosophy at the University of McGill where she simultaneously started a career in video editing. Born in Houston, Texas but raised in Moscow, Russia until the age of 15, after which she resided in Canada for 8 years. In may of 2018 Sashka moved to Armenia, after being a volunteer there for 10 months, and in January of 2019 co-founded Creopia, a visual arts production company with a mission for reversing rural creative brain drain.
Creopia is a young social business delivering value aligned content (video, animation, graphic design services) to purpose driven organizations while empowering youth to use their talents in visual arts to prompt local social change. Based in Vanazdor Creopia faces daily challenges of post-industrial challenges, but the founders of Creopia see their city as an emerging arts hub for rural communities facilitating creative exploration for youth.