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Cultural heritage embodies a global community united by a common need to make things of beauty and usefulness, and to compose stories and rituals about humanity’s place in the world. [...] This work must start now, before more cultural heritage is neglected, damaged, or destroyed. Much is at stake.
In today’s sectarian violence, the complexity of the past is distorted through ideological manipulation, neglect, and destruction. Getty’s bold new initiative will address this by developing an understanding that the world’s cultural heritage is our common heritage, and that it continues to shape us all.