Support the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project
Numerous local and international organizations are currently providing emergency relief to people affected by the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. In addition to the many homes destroyed, many temples and shrines were badly damaged. After people rebuild their lives they will want to get back to the things that matter to them, including worship and festivals. Communities will need support in rebuilding their temples and shrines, and safeguarding their sacred art and cultural objects.
To support the continuation and restoration of Nepal’s vibrant cultural heritage, donate to the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project (registered 501c3 non-profit) which supports preservation and protection efforts of Nepal’s cultural heritage sites. Donations are tax-deductible.
Funds will be used to assist communities in creating local inventories and safeguarding items at risk of damage and looting because of the earthquake, protecting damaged temple sites from monsoon rains by covering them with tarps, and later assisting communities in rebuilding small temples and shrines that larger organizations will not prioritize.
You can also donate to the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project by purchasing limited edition giclée prints of paintings by Joy Lynn Davis. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project.
Mission Statement for the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project (registered 501c3 non-profit):
A. To promote public awareness, appreciation, and education of the artistic and cultural heritage of Nepal and other areas of the Himalayan region, both locally within the region and internationally;
B. To support protection and preservation efforts of physical objects of artistic and cultural significance, including those remaining inside the Himalayan region as well as those currently residing outside such as paintings, murals, sculptures, carvings, ritual objects, and architectural elements;
C. To encourage scholarship on the art and culture of Nepal and other areas of the Himalayan region including building inventories of items and their locations to further aid protection and preservation efforts;
D. To support the continuation of artistic practices of communities in Himalayan regions, including traditional art forms such as paubha painting, thangka painting, mural painting, wood carving, stone carving, metal working, and sculpture; modern interpretation of those traditional art forms; and development of contemporary art by artists in Himalayan regions;
E. To discourage illicit-trafficking of artifacts and cultural objects from Himalayan regions;
F. To facilitate voluntary returns of culturally significant items known to have been illegally removed from Himalayan regions by providing information to local communities, museums, collectors, and the public;
G. To hold instructional workshops, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, and other activities for youth and the public that promote and encourage an appreciation of the art history and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region, in a manner that instills pride and an increased sense of cultural identity; and
H. To aid, work with, and partner with individuals, organizations, and public and private entities that share the goals of preserving and promoting awareness for the artistic and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region.
For additional information about the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project, please contact Joy Lynn Davis, founder and President. (joylynndavis @ yahoo.com)