Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) focuses on four priorities: recognition, resilience, response, and research, all part of the solution to mitigating the impact of disasters on cultural heritage and communities.

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative is committed to protecting cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history. We were founded to continue the momentum generated by the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project (haiti.si.edu) and to continue helping all types of heritage organizations prepare for and respond to disasters involving cultural heritage. We partner with the network of federal agencies, foreign governments, and domestic and international organizations already working in this field. Be sure to check out our introductory video at https://culturalrescue.si.edu/.

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CERFplus's Artists "Get Ready + COVID Career Resilience" grant cycle is open! Accepting applications from March 31 - Apr...
04/07/2021
Get Ready Grants - CERF+

CERFplus's Artists "Get Ready + COVID Career Resilience" grant cycle is open! Accepting applications from March 31 - April 21, 2021. Learn more: http://ow.ly/ReE250EgGSA

#heritageresources #HENTFMember

The "Get Ready" Grant Program encourages awareness of and provides funding for artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures to help artists build and sustain strong and resilient careers.

Saturday, April 10: Free Virtual Training on Manuscript Preservation Open to Arabic Speaking Practitioners presented by ...
04/06/2021
The Antiquities Coalition

Saturday, April 10: Free Virtual Training on Manuscript Preservation Open to Arabic Speaking Practitioners presented by The Antiquities Coalition and Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation. Join at 10:00 AM New York/ 3:00 PM Algiers/ 4:00 PM Cairo for a virtual training on manuscript preservation, conducted in Arabic. For details and registration link: http://ow.ly/hesI50Eh3rM

The Antiquities Coalition is pleased to partner with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation in offering a free virtual training session on preserving Maghreb manuscripts, inspired by our March 9 conference on the digitization of privately held materials. The session will be held in Arabic on April 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Sign up here: https://theantiquitiescoalition.org/the-antiquities-coalition-and-the-egyptian-heritage-rescue-foundation-offer-free-virtual-training-on-manuscript-preservation/

Coming up Tuesday, April 6 at 10:15 am (EDT).  Free registration at http://ow.ly/MXQp50EgGGI#HERStory #Smithsonian
04/05/2021

Coming up Tuesday, April 6 at 10:15 am (EDT). Free registration at http://ow.ly/MXQp50EgGGI

#HERStory #Smithsonian

April 6 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM (EDT) Event: The National Museum of Afghanistan-Retrieving the Past, Securing the Future.  Sp...
04/05/2021

April 6 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM (EDT) Event: The National Museum of Afghanistan-Retrieving the Past, Securing the Future. Speakers include:

• Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Professor of Art History, University of Vienna, Austria/ Assoc. Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University;
• Philippe Delanghe, Head of Cultural Unit, UNESCO, Kabul, Afghanistan; and
• Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul

Details and FREE registration at http://ow.ly/jITQ50EgNqW

نشست مجازی تحت عنوان "موزیم ملی افغانستان، بازیابی گذشته و تامین آینده" به ابتکار پوهنتون هاروارد آمریکا و موزیم ملی افغانستان برگزار میگردد. ریس موزیم ملی افغانستان یکی از سخنرانان این نشست میباشد.
برای اشتراک و ثبت نام به لینک نوشته شده در پوستر مراجعه نمایید.

تاریخ 6 اپریل 2021 ساعت 10 صبح به وقت شرق آمریکا
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Virtual meeting to be hold under theme of “National Museum of Afghanistan Retrieving the Past, Securing the Future”, imitated by University of Harvard in the U.S.A and the National Museum of Afghanistan. Director of National Museum of Afghanistan will be one of speakers at this forum.
To participate and register refer to the link below on the poster
Date April 6, 2021, 10:00am according to East American time.

Coming up Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00 am (EDT).  Free registration at http://ow.ly/SEA350EgGAi#HERstory #culturalheritage #...
04/05/2021

Coming up Tuesday, April 6 at 9:00 am (EDT). Free registration at http://ow.ly/SEA350EgGAi

#HERstory #culturalheritage #Smithsonian #FEMA

Join SCRI & other Smithsonian speakers during the "Women in Preservation Symposium," April 5-7, beginning at 9:00 am (ED...
04/01/2021

Join SCRI & other Smithsonian speakers during the "Women in Preservation Symposium," April 5-7, beginning at 9:00 am (EDT) each day.

Details & free registration here: http://ow.ly/sWII50EeOAq

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and the Smithsonian Institution will present a three day celebration of women and their pivotal role in American Preservation.

#BecauseofHerStory Today we honor the work of Nancy Wilkie who sadly passed away earlier this year. Inspired by her work...
03/31/2021

#BecauseofHerStory Today we honor the work of Nancy Wilkie who sadly passed away earlier this year. Inspired by her work on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal, Nancy co-founded the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. #WomensHistoryMonth #CulturalHeritageProtection
Photo: Nancy with SCRI Director Cori Wegener and Monuments Man Harry Ettlinger in 2014
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03/30/2021
AIC & FAIC Learning: Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level

American Institute for Conservation is hosting a free webinar: "Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level," on March 31, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Speaker David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident Command System (ICS), and how to adapt ICS to cultural organizations. Register Here: http://ow.ly/XYWP50E9O87
#Disasterresponse #HENTFMember

Our speaker, David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident Command System (ICS), and how to adapt the ICS structure to cultural organizations.

New grant opportunity for operators of live performing arts organizations, museums, zoos, or aquariums!  The U.S. Small ...
03/26/2021

New grant opportunity for operators of live performing arts organizations, museums, zoos, or aquariums! The U.S. Small Business Administration member of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, announces an informational webinar on Tuesday, March 30 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT for the Shuttered Venues Operators grant.

Register Now: http://ow.ly/fhtC50E9tvz
Learn More: http://ow.ly/gOSk50E9tvA

#HeritageResources #HENTFMember #HENTF

03/26/2021
Saving Your Family Treasures Facebook Live Workshop

Items that represent personal ties to family & heritage can be affected by floods too! Has a water emergency soaked your family heirlooms? Try our salvage techniques before making the decision to throw them out.

#SavingYourFamilyTreasures #HENTF
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Library of Congress, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, National Trust for Historic Preservation

When homes are damaged by storms and lives upended, irreplaceable possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished. Ev...

Step Three: Document Your Work Ready to create your document?  Review and write your actions using the Ready checklists ...
03/25/2021

Step Three: Document Your Work

Ready to create your document? Review and write your actions using the Ready checklists for STAFF, SURROUNDINGS, SPACE, SYSTEMS, STRUCTURE, and SERVICE. Make notations for special preparations to safeguard the assets of your cultural organization (Links below! See p. 32-37).

Pro-tip: Your document with details about drills, consultations, processes, and materials can help organize your effort and be a shared resource across the organization.

Ready. gov Inland Flooding Toolkit: http://ow.ly/GIqk50E8lm2
Also available in Spanish:https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/ready_business_inland-flooding-toolkit_spanish.pdf

#Museums #libraries #archives #historichomes #disasterpreparedness
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Library Association, Southeastern Museums Conference-SEMC, Association of Midwest Museums, Association of African American Museums

Step Two:  Develop a Plan Finished with your risk assessment? Adapt the Ready Business Preparedness and Mitigation Proje...
03/24/2021

Step Two: Develop a Plan

Finished with your risk assessment? Adapt the Ready Business Preparedness and Mitigation Project Plan (Links below! See p. 12-19) for STAFF, SURROUNDINGS, SPACE, SYSTEMS, STRUCTURE, and SERVICE to prepare for and mitigate the impact of a flood on your cultural organization.

Pro-tip: Development of a plan is a good time to contact your local emergency management office to learn about procedures during a disaster. Meet them before the disaster strikes.

Ready. gov Inland Flooding Toolkit: http://ow.ly/Mnjo50E6JsT
Also available in Spanish: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/ready_business_inland-flooding-toolkit_spanish.pdf

#emergencies #disasterresponse #disasterpreparedness #culturalheritage
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Library of Congress, Southeastern Museums Conference-SEMC, Association of Midwest Museums, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tomorrow Thursday, March 25 at 10 am ET Florida Association of Museums and Florida Humanities in collaboration with Heri...
03/24/2021

Tomorrow Thursday, March 25 at 10 am ET

Florida Association of Museums and Florida Humanities in collaboration with Heritage Emergency National Task Force #HENTF

Webinar: Emergency Planning & Response Part 6: Emergency Response Tabletops for Medium to Large Museums
Registration required: http://ow.ly/Gq8750E6JCk

A six-part webinar series designed to help your organization create, update, and implement an emergency plan. This final installment will use virtual tabletop exercises to give medium and large institutions the opportunity to test and improve their disaster plan as well as gain a better understanding of how to respond in a specific emergency situation.

National Endowment for the Arts FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency #disasterplan #disasterrecovery #disasterpreparedness

Preparing for spring flood season?  We offer three steps from Ready. gov to help cultural organizations understand their...
03/23/2021

Preparing for spring flood season? We offer three steps from Ready. gov to help cultural organizations understand their risk, develop preparedness and mitigation plans, and take action to document their work.

Step One: Identify Your Risk

Adapt the Back-to-Business Self-Assessment checklist (links below! See pp. 8-9) to determine the specific areas your cultural organization needs to address to prepare, mitigate risk, and return to operation following a flood.
Pro-tip: In adapting the business questions, add the risk to your cultural assets.

Ready Business Inland Flooding Toolkit: http://ow.ly/9ffh50E6qFK
Also available in Spanish: http://ow.ly/n4xN50E6qFL

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) highlights disaster risk reduction for cultural organizations. This ...
03/22/2021

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) highlights disaster risk reduction for cultural organizations. This month HENTF focuses on three steps for preparedness to mitigate risk from flooding.

HENTF is a partnership of 60 national service organizations and federal agencies, co-sponsored by the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Smithsonian

HENTF is a nationwide resource of information, expertise, and assistance that enables a range of cultural institutions—including, but not limited to libraries, museums, archives, historical sites, and the public at large—to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and other emergencies.

Find out more about how HENTF can help you at
http://ow.ly/16NS50E3zhV

#Museums #libraries #archives #historichomes #disasterresponse #disasterpreparedness #culturalheritage

Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Alliance of Museums, American Library Association, The Library of Congress

Open Call!  The J.M. Kaplan Fund will award up to ten prizes for $175k to innovators who are spearheading transformative...
03/17/2021
The 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Open Call! The J.M. Kaplan Fund will award up to ten prizes for $175k to innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation. Interested in applying? Register for the March 30 informational webinar here: http://ow.ly/tuLh50E0C9h

#HeritageResources

Open call for applications - awarding innovators in social justice/democracy, the environment, and heritage conservation

The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums project is researching how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces common i...
03/16/2021

The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums project is researching how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces common in these institutions. Learn more about the results from six rounds of tests. #REALMProject
Institute of Museum and Library Services
http://ow.ly/7kfW50E0pjd

03/12/2021

#BecauseOfHerStory In Honor of #WomensHistoryMonth we are celebrating the incredible work of the #monumentswomen. As the Fine Arts and Monuments Adviser to U.S. Department of State from 1946-1962, art historian Ardelia Hall oversaw the recovery of cultural property displaced during the Second World War. Learn More: http://ow.ly/5sTq50DXrXY
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New publication!  A Story of Change – Success Stories and Lessons Learnt from the Culture Cannot Wait: Heritage for Peac...
03/10/2021

New publication! A Story of Change – Success Stories and Lessons Learnt from the Culture Cannot Wait: Heritage for Peace and Resilience Project, now available for free download here: https://bit.ly/2ZQJpE2

##culturecannotwait ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity Prince Claus Fund
#culturalheriage #heritage #resilience

📚ICCROM and the Swedish Postcode Foundation are pleased to announce the release of: A Story of Change. Success Stories and Lessons Learnt from the Culture Cannot Wait: Heritage for Peace and Resilience Project

Now available for free download here: https://bit.ly/2ZQJpE2

The publication collects the experiences of 16 participants of the "Culture Cannot Wait: Heritage for Peace and Resilience" project in implementing context-specific projects in 14 risk-prone countries. The aim has been to mobilize institutions and communities in their respective local contexts while promoting early recovery, risk reduction and a transition to lasting peace.

This is joint initiative of ICCROM and Svenska Postkodstiftelsen, with the collaboration of Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and the Prince Claus Fund – ICCROM’s long-standing partners in First Aid to Cultural Heritage Training along with other multiple institutions

#CultureCannotWait #ICCROM #culturalheritage #PriceClausFund #Smithsonianinstitution #culturalheritage #heritage #resilience #postkodeffekten #projectforchange

The first step is damage assessment for the post-conflict rehabilitation of the #MosulMuseum, a collaborative project wi...
03/09/2021
Six Years Ago, ISIS Brutally Attacked an Iraqi Museum. See Inside the Effort to Bring It Back to Life Today | Artnet News

The first step is damage assessment for the post-conflict rehabilitation of the #MosulMuseum, a collaborative project with #SBAH Musée du Louvre, World Monuments Fund, #ALIPHFoundation, Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, Smithsonian Global, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute.
http://ow.ly/zG8450DUyJk

The Smithsonian is part of an international team that has made great progress repairing ISIS's destruction of Iraq’s Mosul Cultural Museum.

Open call!  #ALIPHFoundation invites applications for projects that protect or rehabilitate cultural heritage threatened...
03/08/2021
Aliph Foundation - Protecting heritage to build peace

Open call! #ALIPHFoundation invites applications for projects that protect or rehabilitate cultural heritage threatened or damaged by conflicts around the world. The deadline to apply is April 16th 3 pm CEST. http://ow.ly/UssJ50DTsew

ALIPH invites applications for projects that protect or rehabilitate cultural heritage threatened or damaged by conflicts around the world.

Next Thursday, March 11 at 10 am ETFlorida Association of Museums and Florida Humanities in collaboration with #HENTFWeb...
03/05/2021

Next Thursday, March 11 at 10 am ET
Florida Association of Museums and Florida Humanities in collaboration with #HENTF

Webinar: Emergency Planning & Response: Emergency Response Tabletops for Small Organizations
Registration required: http://ow.ly/B42o50DRj1V

A six-part webinar series designed to help your organization create, update, and implement an Emergency Plan. This installment will use virtual tabletop exercises to give institutions the opportunity to test and improve their disaster plan as well as gain a better understanding of how to respond in a specific emergency situation.

National Endowment for the Humanities FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency #disasterplan #disasterrecovery #disasterpreparedness

From Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch: “We are honored to be part of an international consortium helping to rehabilita...
03/01/2021
Lonnie G. Bunch III on Twitter

From Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch:

“We are honored to be part of an international consortium helping to rehabilitate Iraq's treasured Mosul Cultural Museum, work that has continued safely during the pandemic. I commend the dedicated team and the Iraqi people for their passionate support.”

Musée du Louvre, World Monuments Fund, #ALIPH, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Global, Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage #MosulMuseum

“We are honored to be part of an international consortium helping to rehabilitate Iraq's treasured Mosul Cultural Museum, work that has continued safely during the pandemic. I commend the dedicated team and the Iraqi people for their passionate support. https://t.co/AXsjGw3yjH”

We are honored to collaborate with Iraqi authorities and our international colleagues #SBAH, Musée du Louvre, #ALIPHFoun...
02/26/2021
Smithsonian Partners With Iraqi Authorities and International Heritage Consortium To Rehabilitate Mosul Museum

We are honored to collaborate with Iraqi authorities and our international colleagues #SBAH, Musée du Louvre, #ALIPHFoundation, World Monuments Fund, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute, & Smithsonian Global to rehabilitate the Mosul Cultural Museum. #MosulMusuem http://ow.ly/QthC50DKOUu

The building and collection of Iraq’s Mosul Cultural Museum suffered tremendous damage at the hands of the Islamic State group. Now, the museum is gradually being brought back to life through a unique international partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, the Iraqi State Board of Antiquiti...

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large Richard Kurin on the collaborative efforts of Smithsonian, World Monuments...
02/22/2021
Iraq's Cultural Museum in Mosul Is on the Road to Recovery

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large Richard Kurin on the collaborative efforts of Smithsonian, World Monuments Fund, #ALIPHFoundation, Musée du Louvre, & #SBAH to rehabilitate the Mosul Museum as an important part of Iraq’s road to recovery. Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute http://ow.ly/XYsT50DGFYt

The arduous process, says the Smithsonian's Richard Kurin, is "a victory over violent extremism"

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