New York Times: Rescuing Art in Ukraine with Foam, Crates and Cries for Help

New York Times: Rescuing Art in Ukraine with Foam, Crates and Cries for Help. “Many cultural institutions were not prepared to protect their collections and buildings before the Russian invasion, so ad hoc groups of arts workers and leaders stepped in to fill the breach.”

South China Morning Post: Preserving Hong Kong’s cultural heritage must start with documenting it

South China Morning Post: Preserving Hong Kong’s cultural heritage must start with documenting it. “In recalibrating Hong Kong’s strategies for cultural preservation, we should step up our efforts in documenting our cultural heritage and knowledge, and develop more sophisticated and user-friendly digital inventories available to the public.”

CBC: University of Calgary profs digitally preserve endangered heritage site in B.C.

New-to-me, from CBC: University of Calgary profs digitally preserve endangered heritage site in B.C.. “For Prof. Peter Dawson, digital preservation is the next best thing when a site cannot be preserved physically due to cost or environmental factors. Using a terrestrial laser scanner, Dawson and his team capture data on heritage sites to create virtual replicas that can be accessed online by the public. The Digital Heritage Archive focuses on ‘grassroots’ heritage sites like the Swiss village. These are sites meaningful to individuals and communities despite not having official designations of significance.”

New York Times: The War in Ukraine Is the True Culture War

New York Times: The War in Ukraine Is the True Culture War. “The appalling damage to theaters, libraries and religious sites (above all in Mariupol, the occupied city in Ukraine’s southeast) in these past four months alone broadens a horrendous tide of cultural destruction this century, in Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Mali, Armenia and Afghanistan. But the risks to Ukrainian culture are more than mere collateral damage.”

World Monuments Fund: WMF Announces New Projects to Protect Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage with Local and International Partners

World Monuments Fund: WMF Announces New Projects to Protect Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage with Local and International Partners. “World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the launch of four new projects as part of its recently established Ukraine Heritage Response Fund to address the immediate, critical needs of heritage professionals in Ukraine and to lay the groundwork for the future rehabilitation and long-term recovery of cultural heritage in the country.”

BBC: Borsch soup in Ukraine added to Unesco endangered heritage list

BBC: Borsch soup in Ukraine added to Unesco endangered heritage list. “The UN’s cultural agency has added the cooking of borsch – a soup usually made with beetroot and potatoes – in Ukraine to its list of endangered intangible cultural heritage. Unesco said the war in Ukraine had ‘threatened’ the cooking of borsch.”

The Drum: Digital effort to preserve Ukraine’s cultural artifacts amid war wins Grand Prix at Cannes

The Drum: Digital effort to preserve Ukraine’s cultural artifacts amid war wins Grand Prix at Cannes. “On the second day at Cannes Lions, the Digital Craft Lions Grand Prix — which spotlights the best technological craft in the industry — was awarded to Virtue Worldwide New York for a project designed to protect and preserve Ukrainian cultural artifacts amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. It was selected among 661 entries to win the top award in the category.”

Ukraine: UNESCO launches programme to support Ukrainian artists (UNESCO)

UNESCO: Ukraine: UNESCO launches programme to support Ukrainian artists. “UNESCO will provide financial support to Ukrainian artists to support the continuation of artistic creation and access to cultural life, under a pilot programme launched by the Organization in partnership with the Ukrainian NGO Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).”

The Guardian: Specialist gang ‘targeting’ Ukrainian treasures for removal to Russia

The Guardian: Specialist gang ‘targeting’ Ukrainian treasures for removal to Russia. “A specialist gang is smuggling valuable historic artefacts out of Ukraine and into Russia, according to an international team of academics and digital technology experts who are tracking thefts.”

Archinect: UNESCO releases a new list of damaged cultural sites across Ukraine

Archinect: UNESCO releases a new list of damaged cultural sites across Ukraine. “The organization has verified that 139 sites have suffered damage since that time, a combined total of 62 religious sites, 12 museums, 26 historic buildings, 17 cultural buildings, 15 monuments, and 7 libraries, including the Babyn Yar Holocaust remembrance site in Kyiv, which have come under Russian bombs and artillery shells as the conflict shifts from a three-pronged invasion to a more targeted offensive focused in the eastern Donbas region.”

The Art Newspaper: Ukraine misses out on UK cultural protection money

The Art Newspaper: Ukraine misses out on UK cultural protection money. “The UK’s Cultural Protection Fund has not got an allocation of money for emergency assistance for Ukraine in the current financial year, The Art Newspaper can disclose…. Although the fund was able to allocate £60,000 for Ukraine in March, no money has been made available in the current financial year, despite the tragic and widespread destruction of heritage buildings and museums which continues unabated.”

Ukrinform: Russia destroyed over 370 cultural heritage sites after 100 days of war – Tkachenko

Ukrinform: Russia destroyed over 370 cultural heritage sites after 100 days of war – Tkachenko. “Russia has destroyed 370 cultural heritage sites after 100 days of its all-out invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko said this at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.”

Kyiv Post: Zelenska, Caputova discuss creation of Ukrainian Cultural Center in Slovakia

Kyiv Post: Zelenska, Caputova discuss creation of Ukrainian Cultural Center in Slovakia . “Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, has met with the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, to discuss the establishment of a Ukrainian Cultural Center in Slovakia. Zelenska wrote this on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.”

RTL Today: High-tech race to map Ukraine’s damaged historic buildings

RTL Today: High-tech race to map Ukraine’s damaged historic buildings. “Many of Ukraine’s historic monuments have been destroyed in the three months since Russia invaded, but cultural experts are working to conserve their memory using cutting-edge technology and 3D scans. One of them is volunteer French engineer Emmanuel Durand, a specialist in 3D data acquisition, who is assisting a bevy of architects, engineers, historic building experts and a museum director to record buildings in Kyiv, Lviv, Chernigiv and Kharkiv.”

ProPublica: She Warned the Grain Elevator Would Disrupt Sacred Black History. They Deleted Her Findings.

ProPublica: She Warned the Grain Elevator Would Disrupt Sacred Black History. They Deleted Her Findings.. “Experts in the field of cultural resource management say that companies sometimes look away from findings or are asked to change them to make their developer bosses happy. The field is now dominated by for-profit firms like Gulf South that developers hire to comply with the federal law. As a result, these firms can operate not as preservation gatekeepers but as lock-pickers for private industry intent on development.”