Actions to go further to strenghten cooperation between Greece and the United States in the field of culture and heritage, was at the top of the agenda of the talks between the Greek Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield in Washington this week.
Mendoni informed Satterfield of the 2nd workshop on the protection of cultural heritage of the effects of climate change, organized jointly by ThessalonikiCrete, the ministry, the US Department of State, the US embassy in Athensand the Greek section of ICOM, which brought together experts from 11 countries.
Referring to the success of the workshop and as part of the Agreement between Greece and the United States on cultural property signed in 2021Mendoni proposed the organization of a similar workshop focus on combating illegal trafficking of antiques and works of art with the participation of the Balkan countries. She suggested that the event be organized by the ministry in collaboration with the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Athens.
Satterfield said Greece has played a leading role in the Balkan region in cultural diplomacy and welcomed Mendoni’s proposal.
Other issues discussed included progress made in the construction of the Thessaloniki Holocaust Museum as well as Greek cinematography and the creation of a new organization which will merge the Hellenic Cinematographic Center and EKOME (National Center for Audiovisual and Communication) as well as the creation of a school of filmmakers. In this sense, Satterfield said that the United States could support the project with experts and trainers in the field.
Mendoni and Satterfield also discussed cooperation between Greek and American museums and the exchange of exhibits, including an exhibition prepared by the National Archaeological Museum to begin its tour of the American states in 2026, as well as an exhibition that will take place at the JP Getty Museum in 2025. , among others.
“Nice to see Minister Mendoni again! I took her to the Library of Congress in Washington DC and continued to discuss the collaboration between the United States and Greece on cultural heritage and the arts – strengthening bilateral cultural relations between the United States and Greece,” Satterfield said via his X (former Twitter) account.
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