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In May 2014, a film crew of three from The Visionaries traveled to Egypt for the start of a four-day whirlwind schedule to capture the collaboration of Americans and Egyptians working together to preserve Egypt's cultural heritage through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).
The long awaited, eagerly anticipated, members only visit to the Arts of Greco-Roman Egypt Gallery and state-of-the-art conservation laboratory at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu did not disappoint.
Dr. Andrew Bednarski, ARCE's archaeological field director in Luxor, presented a lecture to west coast chapters about the ambitious program of work undertaken by ARCE at Qurna, Deir el-Shelwit, and Mut Temple between 2011 and 2014.
Imagine the thrill of receiving an email from Mary Sadek, ARCE Program Coordinator in Cairo, that the next ARCE trip planned was to tour Tanzania!
We are delighted to share that the Swiss Embassy in Cairo has made a contribution of 75,000 swiss francs (approximately $83,000) to assist ARCE with repairs to the exterior facade of the Museum of Islamic Art and Manuscript Library of the National Library and Archives of Egypt located in Historic Cairo.
The ARCE archive represents a twenty-year partnership between the US and Egyptian governments for cultural heritage preservation in Egypt carried out with funding from USAID. It is the outcome and the record of an extraordinarily successful and sustained endeavor that has contributed more than any other international donor to maintaining some of the world’s most important heritage assets.
Professor George T. Scanlon, who passed away on July 13, 2014 during a brief visit to New York City, would not want us to linger over his demise.
Better addressing the needs of ARCE student members has been a primary focus over the past few years.
ARCE member, educator and author, as well as self-proclaimed populizer, Dr. Bonnie Sampsell, recently completed a new chapter for the upcoming second edition of her book entitled, The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler's Handbook.
Since it is claimed that Cairo has more “medieval” monuments than any other city in the world, it is not surprising that the bulk of ARCE’s work in the Egyptian capital focused on these buildings.
While receiving financial support from its members and individual donors, in recent decades ARCE activities and those of its many member organizations have been either directly or indirectly supported by invaluable, targeted USAID funding.
In April 2014, a contingent from ARCE visited with key congressional, USAID, and Department of State staff regarding the impact of USAID-funded conservation and trainining initiatives led by both ARCE and ARCE's Research Supporting Members.
The Cultural Heritage Center, through the International Cultural Property Protection initiative, is considering a request from the Egyptian government about establishing import restrictions on artifacts.
This competitive award is granted annually to a small number of highly focused conservation, training and publication projects that can be completed within one year.
In early January 2014, the United Nations World Tourism Organization held a conference in Luxor to focus attention on boosting this crucial aspect of the Egyptian economy.
Announcing the publication of "The Lost Manuscript of Frederic Cailliaud."
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.