STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The American Council for Cultural Policy,
a public charity created in 2002 is dedicated to enhancing knowledge
and understanding of issues and policies affecting the collecting
of works of art by museums and private individuals in the United
States and to research, gather and disseminate information relevant
to such issues.
The American Council is headquartered
in New York City and also has a representative in Washington. As
an operating entity, the Council includes a President, Ashton Hawkins,
Vice President Arthur Houghton, Treasurer William Pearlstein, and
Secretary Arielle Kozloff. The Councilís work is overseen by a Board
of Advisors which includes scholars in the fields of history, art
history and archaeology; museum officials including: directors,
administrators, curators, and trustees; art collectors; distinguished
representatives of not-for-profit and other public service organizations;
and legal specialists in art and the international art trade. The
Council receives financial support from individuals, foundations,
and organizations. It receives no public money.
The primary goals of the Council are
- Develop detailed information and
analysis on cultural policies within the United States; assess
the effect of federal and state statutes and court decisions and
administrative directives, rulings, and guidelines as they relate
to cultural property issues, including the protection, ownership,
borrowing, lending, buying, and selling of cultural property.
- Create and distribute information
materials and publications on cultural property matters to educational
institutions, museums, collectors, legal and other specialists,
and professionals concerned with the trade.
- Create appropriate forums for the
discussion of cultural property matters by concerned institutions,
groups and individuals and to keep people connected with the American
Council aware of changes in the law when possible.
The Council strongly supports the principles
underlying the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and
Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership
of Cultural Property of 1970. It believes that archaeological and
ethnographic materialóincluding sites of great sensitivity and importanceómust
be protected, and it supports US participation in international
efforts to do so, with the view that such participation should be
carried out in a manner that is balanced, fair, and open.
As the United States is a country of
heterogeneous peoples including immigrants from many other nations
and Native Americans whose distinct and different heritages constitute
a significant part of our national cultural identity, the Council
supports the acquisition by public institutions and private collectors
of objects and material that help to illuminate our diverse culture,
and to educate the public about other national, cultural or ethnic