Syria is ravaged by an internal conflict with thousands dead, millions as refugees, over a million children under the age of 11 as refugees and destroyed and looted cultural heritage sites. This is a tragedy in epic proportions. How does a generation of over a million children overcome this loss of family, home and heritage. …
Interested in a unique authentic learning vacation in a small Greek village surrounded by olive trees, history and culture?
Cultural heritage professionals are joining to learn best practices, techniques and share expertise at the DIADRASIS seminar in Gatzea, Pellon, Greece – approximately four – five hours outside of Athens along the coastline – at the Olive Musuem for a long weekend in August and again for a week longer session in September.
The secrets to the past unfold with gentle whispers guiding the way. How else can one describe the journey of Elizabeth Rynecki in her search for her great grandfather Moshe Rynecki’s illustrations of everyday Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust.
For the first time ever, a global campaign has been launched to raffle an authentic Piscasso with the proceeds going to preserve and protect Tyre, the ancient Phoenician city in Lebanon.
Art exposes the best and most fragile qualities of man in the very moment of war. The nexus to choose between humanity and visceral destruction beyond death, ruination. Leaders and individuals have the choice to save art, steal art or simply shatter art beyond identity.
Robert Edsel, author of Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasurers from the Nazis and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (George Cluny film of the same name) is the clarion in the dark recognizing and honoring the men and women who served in the Allied forces during World War II to preserve and protect European cultural treasurers.
One of the many paradoxes of war is destruction with simultaneous protection of civilians and cultural heritage. We know the political figures and weapons of war and see photographs in the press of anonymous bloody lifeless corpses twisted in the wreckage of urban settings. How can one possibly think of cultural heritage with so much human suffering. Yet, cultural monuments are targeted, pillaged, looted, destroyed all too often.
Cultural heritage is for the survivors, the future, world knowledge and ultimately, a record of human accomplishments.
World Heritage Day is April 18th. What will you do to help protect cultural heritage?