May 18, 2010
The Smithsonian Institution is leading a project to help the Haitian government rescue, recover, and restore Haitian cultural artifacts damaged by the January 12 earthquake. With the Caribbean rainy season fast approaching, the project is crucial to helping to conserve the thousands of objects formerly housed in the country's now earthquake-damaged museums, churches, and libraries. With help from the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the President's Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Broadway League (an international trade association for the Broadway community), the Smithsonian project will initiate conservation efforts as well as train Haitian conservators to ultimately manage the project. For more, check out this article from the New York Times.
Representatives from the partnering organizations met to discuss the project here in Washington, DC, on May 5. Pictured above are: (l-r) Bob Wankel, President and Co-CEO of the Shubert Organization; Paul Libin, Chairman of The Broadway League and VP/Managing Producer of Jujamcyn Theatres; Margo Lion, Co-Chairman, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Nina Lannan, Immediate Past Chairman of The Broadway League and President, Nina Lannan and Associates; Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; The Honorable Marie Laurence Jocelyn -Lassègue, Minister of Culture and Communication; G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution; The Honorable Patrick Delatour, Minister of Tourism; Francoise Thybulle, Director General of the National Library of Haiti; Frantz Toussaint, Representative, The Ministry of the Haitian Diaspora in North America; Marsha Semmel, Acting Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Jim Leach, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities; Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; and Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.