Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 223.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 06:36:38 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Center for Arts & Culture Distributes Four Key Studies on
Preservation & Cultural Heritage
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
September 23, 2002
New Resources on Preservation & Cultural Heritage
Center for Arts & Culture Distributes Four Key Studies
* "Building on the Past, Traveling to the Future" *
* "Caring for the Past, Managing the Future" *
* "Folk Heritage Collections in Crisis" *
* "Preserving Our Heritage" *
>>Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:28:21 -0400
>CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE PRESS RELEASE
>September 23, 2002
>CONTACT: Keith Donohue
NEW RESOURCES ON PRESERVATION AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE DISTRIBUTES FOUR KEY STUDIES
Washington, DC -- Public policies designed to help save America's cultural
treasures have failed to fully prevent the loss and decay of our national
heritage. Despite the tremendous growth of the cultural heritage field, much
work remains to ensure that preservation becomes as engrained into the
American consciousness. Recent reports have found that:
* A national crisis looms in the loss of digitally-created cultural works
* Audio and visual collections suffer from deterioration and terminal neglect
* Federal agencies have not fully complied with mandated preservation
* Since the National Historic Preservation Act was signed into law in
1966, the Federal government has been charged "to be a good steward in
managing the historic resources under its administration." Together with
the work of private entities, the government has made significant strides in
stewardship, and the cultural preservation movement has accomplished much,
* Transportation Enhancement funds for historic preservation
* The Save America's Treasures movement as a first step to make
preservation part of our national consciousness
* The United States is set to rejoin UNESCO after an 18-year absence
Ellen Lovell, President of the Center for Arts and Culture, and a longtime
advocate for cultural preservation, says of the four reports, "They are
extraordinary resources for journalists and others who need information on
the latest developments in cultural preservation and heritage. These
concise, reliable and insightful summaries of the state of federal
preservation efforts can help journalists shine a light on this often
underestimated and misunderstood field."
The Center for Arts and Culture, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to
improved public policies for the arts and culture, has assembled resources
on its website at www.culturalpolicy.org for the preservation field. The
recommendations in the enclosed four reports shed light on possible courses
of action to slow the daily loss of our collective heritage.
* "Building on the Past, Traveling to the Future" is a guide to
preservation funding through the Transportation Enhancement program of the
Department of Transportation.
* "Caring for the Past, Managing the Future" is the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation's own assessment of federal agency
stewardship of historic resources.
* "Folk Heritage Collections in Crisis," published by the
Council on Library and Information Resources, ties together the complexities
of access, rights management, and preservation.
* "Preserving Our Heritage" is an overview of federal efforts in
historic preservation, the preservation of artifacts, documents and
archives, living cultural heritage, and cultural property.
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