Ukraine Cultural Heritage Grant Award by ALIPH and Getty, Building protection in conflict areas, Architecture

Ukraine Cultural Heritage Grant Award by ALIPH and Getty : News

November 8, 2022

Location: Ukraine

ALIPH and Getty Partner to Protect Cultural Heritage in Ukraine 

Ukrainian heritage under greater threat with increased violence and approaching difficult winter months

Saint Joan of Myrrh Church, Kharkiv, damaged during shelling of the city:
Saint Joan of Myrrh Church Kharkiv - Ukraine Cultural Heritage Grant Award
photo : Emmanuel Durand

Ukraine Cultural Heritage Grant Awarded by ALIPH and Getty

November 8th, 2022, GENEVA / LOS ANGELES — The International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) announced today a $1 million commitment by the Getty Trust to support the protection of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.

The grant is part of ALIPH’s existing Ukrainian Action Plan, which to date has committed $3 million to support projects to protect museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites, and assist the heritage professionals caring for them.

Since the beginning of the war in early 2022, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has verified damage to 204 Ukrainian sites, including places of worship, museums, historic buildings, cultural centers, monuments, and libraries. Winter weather and the energy crisis now pose new threats to collections that can become endangered when stored in damp conditions and freezing temperatures, as well as damaged building and monuments exposed to the elements.

“The ongoing need to protect cultural heritage in Ukraine has become even more urgent in recent weeks, as attacks in the region are increasing and the onset of winter is creating additional risks,” says Valéry Freland, executive director of ALIPH. “This new funding will help cultural heritage professionals face the many challenges ahead.”

Getty’s grant will support the improvement of the security of museum collections; the upgrade to some large storage spaces across the country; the deployment of preventive conservation measures for key sites and monuments; and the preparation of stabilization and conservation measures.

“ALIPH’s approach to cultural heritage protection is proven and effective, and our partnership with them allows us to join international efforts to protect Ukrainian heritage,” says Katherine Fleming, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Cherkasy Regional Art Museum, Cherkasy, June 2022:
Cherkasy Regional Art Museum - Ukraine Cultural Heritage Grant Award
photo : Svitlana Strielnikova

ALIPH’s support has allowed over 160 collections in Ukraine to be packed and stored, including priceless examples of folk art, religious icons, and archaeological artifacts; 3D scanning of major monuments and cultural heritage sites in danger of destruction; and the securing of archives and conservation facilities. Its model relies on cooperation with Ukrainian heritage professionals who deliver reports from the ground on the most urgent needs and the means to deliver effective support.

Additional Ukrainian Action Plan partners include the European Union, the Principality of Monaco, and all ALIPH Members – both public and private.

International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas – ALIPH

ALIPH (The International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas) is the main global fund exclusively dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of cultural heritage in conflict zones and post-conflict situations. It was created in 2017 in response to the massive destruction of cultural heritage over the past two decades, predominantly in the Middle East and the Sahel.

ALIPH is a public-private partnership assembling several countries and private donors. Based in Geneva, this Swiss foundation also benefits of the privileges and immunities of an international organization, thanks to a headquarters agreement signed with the Swiss Confederation. To date, ALIPH has supported nearly 180 projects in 30 countries on 4 continents, in addition to the over 100 projects in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict. ALIPH finances concrete projects carried out on-the-ground, hand in hand with local partners, authorities, and communities. The ultimate goal is that cultural heritage protection contributes to peace and sustainable development.


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