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.

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MOU Backstory: How Cultural Property Agreements with Authoritarian Middle Eastern Governments are Made
05/07/2021
MOU Backstory: How Cultural Property Agreements with Authoritarian Middle Eastern Governments are Made

MOU Backstory: How Cultural Property Agreements with Authoritarian Middle Eastern Governments are Made

Cultural Property News expresses its thanks to author Peter K. Tompa and Coins Weekly for enabling this article's publication. When the United States signed onto the 1970 UNESCO Convention, it only did so with reservations to preserve its “independent judgment” to determine whether and to what e...

Armenia in History and the Heart
05/05/2021
Armenia in History and the Heart

Armenia in History and the Heart

Where is Armenia, the place, the idea? Where then? Where now? And how come the delight on top of the darkness in saying “I am Armenian”? Armenians were a tiny, ancient Indo-European people, between East ...

Armenians praise Biden over recognition of genocide
04/27/2021
Armenians praise Biden over recognition of genocide

Armenians praise Biden over recognition of genocide

President Biden on Saturday gave official US recognition of the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915 and was responsible for the deaths of some one million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turkish forces. Jason Sohigian, executive director of the Armenian Museum of America, tells host Marco Werma...

04/20/2021

🎤 Final agenda ready and the Registration is open now 👇 SoPHIA´s Stakeholder Virtual Conference: #culturalheritage - Rethinking Impact Assessments, April 21-22, 2021. Two days of keynotes, panel discussions, networking and more. Join us and register from April 1:
https://sophiaplatform.eu/en/meetings/stakeholder-conference

Agenda:https://educult.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/SoPHIA-Virtual-Stakeholder-Conference_Programme_published-31-03-2021.pdf

Free registration: https://hopin.com/events/sophia-virtual-stakeholders-conference

🎤 Panel discussions:
- #culture & #Sustainability
- Education & CH
- Public spaces and CH
- European Capitals of Culture, #ECoC
- Dissonant heritage & European narratives
- Over-tourism & the City

🏰Virtual tours to MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien and the Jewish Cemetery Währing & 🖋 #poetry slam.

Day 2 focuses on the findings of the SoPHIA case studies across 🇪🇺 and the discussion of the SoPHIA CH impact assessment draft model (cultural, economic, social & environmental domains):
https://sophiaplatform.eu/.../new-description-case-studies

- The impact of CH on #qualityoflife
- #Narratives of CH
- Infrastrcuture & Urban CH
- #Sustainability & Resource Management in CH
- Profiting from CH

EDUCULT Università Roma Tre Interarts Foundation IADT School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens European Museum Academy Institut za razvoj i međunarodne odnose

Timeline Photos
04/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Please join in supporting #MayWeGather, A National #Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors, to be livestreamed on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4pm PDT. Join the list of endorsing individuals and temples at http://www.maywegather.org.

“May We Gather. When someone is hurting, we come together as community. We gather because our lives are inexorably interlinked. We do not suffer alone, nor do we heal alone. Only when we gather as a sangha (community), can we truly support each other’s freedom.”

Photos from European Heritage Volunteers's post
04/20/2021

Photos from European Heritage Volunteers's post

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04/16/2021

Photos from Armenian Museum of America's post

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04/15/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Haaland's Utah Visit Leaves Her Much To Ponder Over Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Boundaries
04/15/2021
Haaland's Utah Visit Leaves Her Much To Ponder Over Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Boundaries

Haaland's Utah Visit Leaves Her Much To Ponder Over Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Boundaries

For the third time in less than five years an Interior secretary has visited southern Utah to try to grasp the significance of a landscape with a cultural heritage that reaches back thousands of years, one that also entombs paleontological remains millions of years old, in a bid to determine the app...

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post
04/14/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post
04/10/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Our interview with Brucemore director David Janssen on rebuilding after Covid and an inland hurricane
04/07/2021
Brucemore: Directing Crisis Recovery of an Historic Home and Landscape

Our interview with Brucemore director David Janssen on rebuilding after Covid and an inland hurricane

In 1981, Margaret Hall bequeathed Brucemore, her childhood home, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and established local management by a non-profit, Brucemore, Inc. Since then, the organization has built a national reputation as a model for cultivating community interaction. The Queen....

Is ICE Writing Its Own Laws? The Curious Case of the Chandler Museum
04/07/2021
Is ICE Writing Its Own Laws? The Curious Case of the Chandler Museum

Is ICE Writing Its Own Laws? The Curious Case of the Chandler Museum

A recent return of pre-Columbian objects to Mexico from a small town historical museum has raised questions about whether US agencies are encouraging citizens to give up privately owned objects for which there is no evidence of unlawful ownership or crime, and then returning the objects to foreign c...

Armenian Museum of America Launches Genocide Education and New Online Concert in April — Armenian Museum of America
04/07/2021
Armenian Museum of America Launches Genocide Education and New Online Concert in April — Armenian Museum of America

Armenian Museum of America Launches Genocide Education and New Online Concert in April — Armenian Museum of America

The Armenian Museum of America recently announced a series of programs planned for April, with several focused on Genocide Education since the world recognizes April 24 as the date when the extermination of the Armenian people began in 1915. The Armenian Genocide resulted in the deaths of more than

NETCHER Project: 194 Recommendations Locked in Unreality
04/06/2021
NETCHER Project: 194 Recommendations Locked in Unreality

NETCHER Project: 194 Recommendations Locked in Unreality

The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art has prepared a report on the results of the NETCHER Social Platform for Cultural Heritage final forum online on March 1 and 2. NETCHER is a €1.5m transnational policy research project aimed “at reinforcing the fight against cultural heritag...

CINOA Report Blasts False Information on Art Trade
04/06/2021
CINOA Report Blasts False Information on Art Trade

CINOA Report Blasts False Information on Art Trade

A succinct report, Fighting Bogus Information About The Art Market – 2021 has been published by the 5,000 member art business umbrella organization CINOA. The March 2021 report identifies false claims made by governmental agencies, international organizations and in numerous academic papers, propa...

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post
04/06/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post
04/03/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

03/31/2021

We begin filming on Episode 4 of our Virtual Tour Video Series in the next few weeks! We have something special in store for all of our petroglyph enthusiasts: A Virtual Tour of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in northern New Mexico! The park contains around 100,000 rock images in addition to various archaeological features. We'll be taking you behind the scenes very soon! 🎥

In the meantime, you can learn more about the Preserve by visiting their website: https://www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/.

We can't wait to share this special site with all of you!

Pictured: Site Owner and longtime researcher Katherine Wells with one of the many, many rock art images in the park.

#VirtualTours #MesaPrieta #RockArt #Documentaries

Ghent Altarpiece Finally On Display After Major Restoration | Art & Object
03/31/2021
Ghent Altarpiece Finally On Display After Major Restoration | Art & Object

Ghent Altarpiece Finally On Display After Major Restoration | Art & Object

Created by Early Flemish painters and brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, the 589-year-old piece has an incredible history. It’s survived fires, more than a dozen thefts, botched cleanings, a stint in Austrian salt mines, disassembly, sale, and iconoclasm.

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post
03/31/2021

Photos from Buddhist Digital Resource Center's post

The History Buff's Guide to Santa Fe
03/31/2021
The History Buff's Guide to Santa Fe

The History Buff's Guide to Santa Fe

If history is what you’re after, Santa Fe has got it in spades. Known as the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe is literally bursting at the seams with it. Tucked into the crevices of one-story adobe structures, served in the form of red and green chile, painted on stretched canvase...

Argam Ayvazyan: Spy–Researcher For Nakhichevan Armenian Culture
03/29/2021
Argam Ayvazyan: Spy–Researcher For Nakhichevan Armenian Culture

Argam Ayvazyan: Spy–Researcher For Nakhichevan Armenian Culture

An Interview by Andran Abramian The loss of irreplaceable monuments and, indeed, of the whole history of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabagh/Artsakh, now partially under Azerbaijani control, is greatly feared by millions of people of Armenian heritage. That fear is based on the reality of past acts of des...

Indian Partners and Their Collections - Buddhist Digital Resource Center
03/21/2021
Indian Partners and Their Collections - Buddhist Digital Resource Center

Indian Partners and Their Collections - Buddhist Digital Resource Center

Indian Partners and Their Collections March 19, 2021 BDRC has always been a collaborative enterprise; indeed, our work digitizing and disseminating Buddhist literature around the world would not be possible without our partners. From the very beginning, our founder Gene Smith always worked together....

Timeline Photos
03/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona daoibh! Happy St Patrick’s Day to ye!

At the age of 15 or 16, St Patrick was ripped from his home in Bannavem Taburniae and brought to the west of Ireland as a slave. After six years he trekked the breadth of the island to get home to Britain. Patrick devoted his life to Christ. He returned to Ireland after hearing Vox Hiberionacum – the voice of the Irish – in a dream. He worked tirelessly. Yet, at the end of his life, he felt he had failed.

Patrick lived in the 5th century. He became the principal patron saint of Ireland in the 7th century when the embellishment of St Patrick’s story began. Some of the biographers got quite creative, attributing all manner of miracles to the man – from snakes to sprouting staffs. The truth is he didn’t even bring Christianity to Ireland…! But Patrick’s own story – the life he wrote – is far more powerful.

Patrick's story survives in two Latin texts which he wrote. They are the oldest texts, in any language, written in Ireland that have survived. “My name is Patrick... I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many…”

Here’s a really excellent podcast which goes into far more detail about St Patrick’s life: https://bit.ly/3qVjOVR

Albania Wants US Art Embargo But Where is the Art?
03/16/2021
Albania Wants US Art Embargo But Where is the Art?

Albania Wants US Art Embargo But Where is the Art?

On March 17, 2021, a request from the Republic of Albania seeking import restrictions on virtually all Albanian art, ethnographic objects and archaeological artifacts into the United States will be heard by the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) at the State Department’s Cultural Heritage...

Egypt’s Brutal Regime Wants to Renew US Blockade on Art; Claims to Protect Heritage & Culture
03/12/2021
Egypt’s Brutal Regime Wants to Renew US Blockade on Art; Claims to Protect Heritage & Culture

Egypt’s Brutal Regime Wants to Renew US Blockade on Art; Claims to Protect Heritage & Culture

Five years ago, on November 30, 2016, the US signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Egypt to limit importation of ancient and ethnographic Egyptian art into the US. The ostensible purpose of the 2016 agreement was to reduce the incentive for looting in Egypt. The legal basis for the agreeme...

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