By David J. Smith, June 7, 2016
The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. is providing training as part of a month-long program for international cultural heritage workers. The program – First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis – is sponsored by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) based in Rome, UNESCO, and the Smithsonian Institution. The training is being held in Washington at the Smithsonian during the month of June. Attendees – 20 in total – come from Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East region. They are employed by a range of organizations, heritage groups, and governments.
Cultural first aid focuses on immediate, often simple techniques, that can be performed with minimal equipment to secure and protect cultural heritage, including artifacts and artwork. Today, where complex emergencies characterized by natural and manmade disasters that converge, the need to protect national and historic culture is more important than ever.
The Forage Center is providing training in the areas of negotiation, offered by board president David J. Smith; leadership, offered by board vice president Peter Reynolds; and team building, offered by Forage Center trainer Frannie Varker.