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We aim to elevate the status of cultural heritage issues until they are an integral part of global conversation and action surrounding disaster risk management and emergency response.

Annually, millions of people visit the Smithsonian museums and a robust digital presence reaches millions more. The Smithsonian’s vast outreach network also extends to scholars, experts, funders, policymakers, and the public who want to make a difference.

Identifying ways for more experts to get involved, building bridges between capable collaborators and empowering individual communities to get engaged increases the impact of ongoing and new initiatives. The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative maximizes the reach across the nation and around the world, amplifying the voices behind the need and focusing attention on this critical issue.