PARTNERSHIPS Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)

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Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)
Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)
Nepalese military and cultural heritage professionals team up to rescue architectural fragments at a temple in Kathmandu.

Bank of America is proud to support the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI). Recognizing that the loss of cultural heritage can be devastating, its mission is to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by human-made or natural disasters and to help communities around the world preserve their identities and history.

When announcing the sponsorship, Bank of America chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, stated, "Bank of America stands by the passionate and brave men and women who work, sometimes at personal risk, to protect cherished treasures for future generations."

Since its founding in 2010, the program has recovered and conserved more than 50,000 pieces of endangered cultural material around the world.

After the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti in January 2010, which killed more than 250,000 Haitians and left 1.5 million people homeless, the Institution launched the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, working in partnership with the government of Haiti's Ministry of Culture and Communication. Over the course of eighteen months, many important collections of art, artifacts, museum objects, architectural features, documents, film, photographs, video, and sound recordings were successfully rescued, recovered, and safeguarded.

Following hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, and Maria, SCRI projects have helped individuals and institutions learn how to rescue, restore, and safeguard a wide range of culturally significant artifacts storm-ravaged states such as New York and Texas, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The SCRI is also active in war-torn countries, engaged in cultural rescue work and in educating governmental agencies and cultural heritage professionals as well as military personnel connected to museums, monuments, and other treasured historic sites. From risk assessment and emergency planning to damage mitigation, SCRI projects have been instrumental in preserving cultural heritage in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Nepal and Mali.

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