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.

Turkey Claims all Art and Artifacts: Centuries of Multicultural History and Trade Denied

Dear Chairman Sabloff and Members of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to the President: The Committee for Cultural Policy[1] and Global Heritage Alliance[2] jointly submit this testimony on the Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)[3] for the imposition of import restrictions between th...

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 ...

Controversy: How US Recognizes Middle East Government Ownership of Jewish & Minority 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...
What’s Next for 2020? Art Blockades, Money Laundering Rules, OFAC Sanctions

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...


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