MCC Strengthens Cooperation with International Partners in the Preservation of Cultural Property
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Jean Michel, Minister of Culture and Communication Rabin, from November 26 to November 30, a mission to Washington to strengthen the cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Communication (MCC) and international partners, in the conservation of cultural property. 19659003] Accompanied, including members of his Cabinet and representatives of the Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property (CCC) of Haiti, among others, the Minister met with authorities representing different subdivisions of the Smithsonian Institution (SI), including the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) and the National Collections Program.
First, with Mrs. Corine Wegener of the _Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative_, the discussions focused on the need to strengthen the capacity of cultural actors through training workshops and on the other hand on deficiencies in the field, such as the lack of a conservation and research laboratory or training in preventive conservation in the face of various natural disasters.
Next, the delegation held a working meeting with the Director of the _Museum of African Art (NMAfA) _, Gus Casely-Hayford and Karen Milbourne, Curator at NMAfA. Mr. Casely-Hayford was very interested in the history of the country and its relationship with Benin. He wants the cooperation with Smithsonian to be based on a more ambitious project. This brings the Haitian delegation to reflect, currently, on the concept of a “Museum of the Haitian Revolution”, with three components: the history of the struggle for independence of the country, the voodoo and the arts  In addition, after a rewarding working session with the National Collections Program, represented by Messrs. Bill Tompkins and Walter Ennaco, the Haitian delegates agreed on the need for an inquiry to assess the state of conservation. In the end, at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the members of the delegation met with Mrs. Diana B. N'Diaye, senior curator and specialist in cultural heritage. The traditional Haitian, African and even the indigenous games of South America were at the heart of the debates. The staff of Folklifea presented, during this interview, the project of producing an album on Haitian music and the realization, in 2019, of a festival of traditional music-voodoo where Brazil and Benin will be at the honor. Minister Lapin took the opportunity to propose the participation of Haitian artists and also insisted that the Haitian culture is also honored in this festival.
Moreover, the holder of the MCC, Mr. Jean Michel Rabbit, had an interview with Assistant Deputy Secretary Kenneth Merten. The exchanges took place around strengthening the existing partnership between Haiti and the United States. They also discussed training opportunities and possible collaborations.
It should also be noted that on the sidelines of this mission, the Minister engaged in discussions with the Ambassador of Haiti to Washington, Mr. Paul Altidor. around strategies to strengthen cultural ties between Haiti and the United States, through cultural exchange programs, with a view to developing what he calls active cultural diplomacy. [19659004AttheendofthismissiontheMinisterwasreceivedbyjournalistRonaldCésaroftheVoiceofAmericawherehetookupthemainobjectivesofthisofficialvisittoWashington