Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage through Climate Change

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Thursday, 5 March, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, 6 March, 2020 - 15:00

March 5, 2020, 9am – 5.30pm
All-day symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

March 6, 2020, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Breakout sessions at various Smithsonian units

Join the us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program for a two-day conversation that examines the impact of climate change on cultural heritage and communities worldwide, discuss the responsibilities of stewards of cultural heritage in fostering collaborative solutions, address urgent questions of equity and inclusion, and identify strategies that leverage cultural heritage for climate action.
Learn more about how you can join us in Washington, DC, for this two-day series on the intersection of cultural heritage and climate change.  

Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change is made possible with support from the Smithsonian's National Collections Program, and the Provost’s One Smithsonian Symposia award.

 The programme includes our latest Point of the Matter Dialogue in partnership with AIC, ICOMOS and the Smithsonian:

Heritage at Risk: A Dialogue on the Effects of Climate Change  

Friday 6th March 5:30 p.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
part of the Stemming the Tide conference

5 p.m. - Doors open for registered conference participants; general public admission begins at 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Julian Bickersteth, president of the International Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), will be moderating an engaging conversation with six specialists in the field of cultural heritage about global challenges relating to climate change and the increasing risks to heritage sites and collections. This event is also in collaboration with the American Institute for Conservation.

This programme is free and open to the public.