Spring Spotlight 2020 – Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis
May 19, 2020
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2020-05-19 12:00:002020-05-19 13:00:00America/New_YorkSpring Spotlight 2020 – Cultural Heritage in Times of CrisisAs Coronavirus spreads around the world, it has shaken the f
May 19, 2020
5/19/20, 12pm - 1pm
As Coronavirus spreads around the world, it has shaken the foundations of our societies with dire social and economic consequences. The field of cultural heritage preservation and protection is not exempt. As heritage sites shut their doors around the world, a full ecosystem is at risk–with teams dispersing, years of training and experience on the line, and critical preservation plans–for the places we all cherish–halted.
In the world’s biggest cities, and smallest villages, partners of World Monuments Fund (WMF) find themselves without work, the world’s most breathtaking and meaningful sites without their stewards, and surrounding communities without crucial economic benefits. With a world in crisis, what is the impact on sites of significance?
Join World Monuments Fund–virtually–on Tuesday, May 19 at 12 pm EDT for our annual Spring Spotlight event hosted by CEO Bénédicte de Montlaur. Joining Ms. de Montlaur for a conversation on the role heritage sites will play in the months and years to come as the world recovers are Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum The Honourable Dr. Tristram Hunt; Fukuoka Prize winner and Pakistan’s first female architect Yasmeen Lari; and scholar and curator Barry Bergdoll.
Donations to Spring Spotlight will go toward the World Monuments Relief Fund. This newly-created fund addresses WMF’s unanticipated financial needs created by the pandemic, and will have an immediate economic impact on communities that help conserve and protect humanity’s most important treasures. The event will be open to all but please consider making a contribution to Spring Spotlight to help us save exceptional architectural treasures around the world and keep our promise to support and sustain local communities.
Speakers: Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance
Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan’s first female architect and the CEO and co-founder of Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
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