Georgian National Committee of the Blue Shield, together with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center (PennCHC), conducted a seminar – “The role of communities in the cultural heritage field”.

The workshop was led by cultural anthropologists from the United States of America – Dr. Brian Daniels from Penn CHC and Grace Golden from the Artistic Freedom Initiative. Their presentation touched on the topic of community-based heritage protection in terms of cultural rights, the importance of working with local communities, and listening to and understanding their interests.

Members of the Blue Shield team shared their experience with the audience as well, they discussed the organization’s past projects, that involved working with different heritage communities. Also, they talked about the current projects and the experience of working with the IDP community from the Tskhinvali region.

The seminar was also attended online by interested citizens and professionals. They were given the opportunity to share their experiences and attitudes regarding the discussed topics.

The seminar was held within the framework of the project – preservation of the cultural heritage of the occupied regions (Tskhinvali region). The project is implemented with the support of the Education and Culture Program of the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgia.

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