Committee for Cultural Policy

Committee for Cultural Policy Mission The Committee for Cultural Policy, a non-profit organization, educates and informs the public on policies and laws that affect cultural policy.

Mission The Committee for Cultural Policy, a non-profit organization, educates and informs the public on policies and laws that affect the international movement of cultural property. We believe that cultural policy must be transparent, accountable and consistent with the public benefit. The U.S. is a diverse nation with a global history and heritage. All citizens have the right to see their artistic heritage honored in our museums. We believe that laws and policies should be clear and unambiguous so that citizens and arts institutions alike can act in accordance with the law. We are deeply concerned that some U.S. government agencies have ignored the laws enacted by Congress. We support digital documentation of museum and other collections to facilitate legitimate foreign claims through a neutral forum. Consistent standards are needed in law and policy so that museums and collectors can secure appropriate title to art and artifacts We support the preservation and protection of cultural property around the globe, both through scientific excavation of archeological sites and through research, conservation, publication, and exhibition in public museums. The Committee for Cultural Policy was formed to address an urgent public need– to bring US cultural policy back to a reasonable middle ground through education, legal initiatives and direct dialogue with museums, scholars and government entities. The Committee for Cultural Policy published the 2013 White Paper, A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property, the first strategic review of policy from a museum and collector perspective, and sponsors academic conferences and symposia to bring educational programs on cultural policy to the public. The Committee for Cultural Policy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. We welcome public support.

https://culturalpropertynews.org/turkish-request-alarms-armenians-greeks-turkish-jews-orthodox-and-syriac-christians-in-...
12/23/2019
Turkish Request Alarms Armenians, Greeks, Turkish Jews, Orthodox and Syriac Christians in Diaspora

https://culturalpropertynews.org/turkish-request-alarms-armenians-greeks-turkish-jews-orthodox-and-syriac-christians-in-diaspora/

A request from the Republic of Turkey to block access to the United States of art and ethnographic materials from the Prehistoric Period to 1923 is pending before the Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Testimony will be taken ...

12/23/2019
12/22/2019
https://culturalpropertynews.org/controversy-us-recognizes-middle-east-government-ownership-of-jewish-minority-religious...
12/22/2019
Controversy: How US Recognizes Middle East Government Ownership of Jewish & Minority Heritage

https://culturalpropertynews.org/controversy-us-recognizes-middle-east-government-ownership-of-jewish-minority-religious-heritage/

Sarah Levin is Executive Director of JIMENA, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. At JIMENA, Levin researches and develops projects that preserve the heritage, identities and experiences of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. Currently, the U.S. has cultural property agreements with the foll...

https://culturalpropertynews.org/whats-next-for-2020-art-blockades-money-laundering-rules-ofac-sanctions/#_ftnref2
12/19/2019
What’s Next for 2020? Art Blockades, Money Laundering Rules, OFAC Sanctions

https://culturalpropertynews.org/whats-next-for-2020-art-blockades-money-laundering-rules-ofac-sanctions/#_ftnref2

Disclaimer: This article is intended to convey general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice or opinions for any purpose or particular circumstance. Other laws or regulations could affect situations referred to in this article. Legal advice should be obtained from legal counse...

12/19/2019
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11/04/2019
https://culturalpropertynews.org/bill-requiring-antiquities-dealers-to-report-transactions-passes-house-expansion-to-all...
11/04/2019
Bill Requiring Antiquities Dealers to Report Transactions Passes House – Expansion to All Art Trade Urged

https://culturalpropertynews.org/bill-requiring-antiquities-dealers-to-report-transactions-passes-house-expansion-to-all-art-trade-urged/

A major change to the regulation of art businesses buried in a general bill modifying the Bank Secrecy Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 22 and is now pending in the Senate. A provision in the bill, HR 2514, Section 213, would add ‘persons trading or acting as an intermedi...

https://culturalpropertynews.org/uzbekistan-leads-the-way-in-international-collaboration-on-cultural-heritage/
10/22/2019
Uzbekistan Leads the Way in International Collaboration on Cultural Heritage

https://culturalpropertynews.org/uzbekistan-leads-the-way-in-international-collaboration-on-cultural-heritage/

The World Society for the Study, Preservation, and Popularization of the Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan was formed in 2017 in order to present the heritage of Uzbekistan in print and other media to the people of Uzbekistan and to a global audience. The Society’s ambitious goal is to publish the gre...

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10/22/2019

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10/14/2019
https://culturalpropertynews.org/jewish-community-issues-urgent-call-on-proposal-to-block-yemeni-and-moroccan-heritage/
10/14/2019
Jewish community issues urgent call on proposal to Block Yemeni and Moroccan heritage

https://culturalpropertynews.org/jewish-community-issues-urgent-call-on-proposal-to-block-yemeni-and-moroccan-heritage/

Watch this website for additional coverage on the requests for cultural property blockades on all ancient and ethnographic objects from Yemen and Morocco. Additional analysis will be posted by October 14, 2019. [caption id=attachment_4629 align=alignleft width=300] A Yemenite family walking through....

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10/09/2019

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10/03/2019
10/01/2019
https://culturalpropertynews.org/us-state-department-imposes-embargo-on-algerian-cultural-artifacts-including-rope/
08/19/2019
US State Department Imposes Embargo on Algerian Cultural Artifacts, Including Rope!

https://culturalpropertynews.org/us-state-department-imposes-embargo-on-algerian-cultural-artifacts-including-rope/

The restrictions, which are intended to cover 'significant' objects under the Cultural Property Implementation Act include: G(3). Rope—Rope and string were used for a great variety of purposes, including binding, lifting water for irrigation, fishing nets, measuring, and stringing beads for jewelr...

https://culturalpropertynews.org/leonard-cohen-anyone-reporting-on-illicit-cultural-objects-is-deceptive/
08/02/2019
Leonard Cohen, Anyone? Reporting on Illicit ‘Cultural Objects’ is Deceptive

https://culturalpropertynews.org/leonard-cohen-anyone-reporting-on-illicit-cultural-objects-is-deceptive/

“Over 18,000 items seized and 59 arrests made in operation targeting cultural goods,” a July 29, 2019 Europol press release “… in September 2017, a car coming from the Netherlands via Bulgaria… was considered “high risk” and thereby deserving of a physical search that led to the seizur...

https://culturalpropertynews.org/uk-govt-query-is-ban-on-warthog-hippo-walrus-whale-and-narwhal-necessary/
07/30/2019
UK Gov’t Query: Is Ban on Warthog, Hippo, Walrus, Whale and Narwhal Necessary?

https://culturalpropertynews.org/uk-govt-query-is-ban-on-warthog-hippo-walrus-whale-and-narwhal-necessary/

Comment Period Ends August 22, 2019 The UK government is considering adding objects made of walrus, narwhal, whale, warthog, hippopotamus, and even extinct mammoth ivory to its Ivory Law, which in its current form covers only elephant ivory. The law is expected to come into effect in late 2019, alth...

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07/17/2019

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