Integrated Heritage Project - Newsletter | January 2017
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Year in Review
As 2016 comes to a close we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal supporters and wish you the happiest of holidays and the very best for the year ahead. We are grateful to all of you for believing in our mission, helping us grow, and cheering us on with each step forward.

We’ve achieved a lot in the past two years, but we’re just getting started. In this, our first newsletter, we are excited to share a recap of 2016's highlights and a glimpse of what's in store for 2017.
On Sunday, September 4th IHP hosted its inaugural Summer Gala, Celebrating Our Heritage: Past, Present, and Future. The event was held at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts and featured performances by Angkor Dance Troupe and the Beantown Swing Orchestra
After a presentation by IHP's Director, Erin Linn-Tynen, the Angkor Dance Troupe took to the stage performing a traditional blessing dance in honor of IHP's first education program set to launch in Cambodia in 2017. The dance was performed by 5 young Cambodian Americans, current students in the Troupe's training program, dedicated to teaching new generations the almost lost art of traditional Cambodian dance.
After the cultural performance, the party continued with a cocktail reception and music by the sensational Beantown Swing Orchestra. Their classic swing era sounds kept the dance floor hopping while Rockport High School’s Kiva Trumbour, on lead vocals, brought the house down. 

The night was a great success and with support from attendees and our generous sponsors, the event raised nearly $6,000 towards the launch of IHP's education program in 2017.

Thank you to all those who supported and attended the event. It was a fantastic evening and we couldn't have done it without you!  
On September 23 IHP’s Director, Erin Linn-Tynen, travelled to Cambodia for a two-week mission in preparation for the launch of its Heritage Management Field Program (HMFP). In May 2017 IHP will launch the first HMFP for international and Cambodian students.

The Program seeks to both empower communities to become stewards of their own heritage by increasing the number of trained heritage professionals in Cambodia, and to build an international network of alumni trained in the best practices of integrated heritage management. Over time, these programs will help preserve Cambodia's incredible cultural heritage and contribute to the country's economic development.
During the 14 day trip, IHP met separately with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap, establishing critical partnerships with each.  During the meeting with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts IHP was invited to submit a Memorandum of Understanding securing a long-term partnership between the Ministry and IHP.
After meetings in Phnom Penh, Erin was invited to join a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mission to the World Heritage Site of Preah Vihear with the Chief of Culture Unit. At Preah Vihear she participated in meetings with representatives from the National Authority of Preah Vihear, UNSESCO, and other international experts to discuss the state of conservation for the World Heritage Site.
IHP also had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Community Based Tourism (CBT) organization at the heritage site of Banteay Chhmar where, in 2009-2010, Erin led heritage training programs for local community members. We look forward to collaborating with the Banteay Chhmar CBT organization as IHP launches its programming in Cambodia.
The trip was a great success and we are very encouraged by the overwhelming support and interest we received from all those we met. We are looking forward to a busy and exciting year as we move towards the launch of the Cambodia program.
We are excited to announce that applications are now open for IHP's 2017 Heritage Management Field Program in Cambodia. During this 6 week experiential learning program, participants will work with Cambodian and international students to develop sustainable heritage management strategies for heritage sites in Cambodia.

This intensive program, led by international experts in the field of cultural heritage, will provide students with educational and practical training in cultural heritage management. Students will visit heritage sites across the country working with local communities, national authorities, government officials, and heritage professionals to understand the complexities of successfully managing heritage sites in developing economies.
Each week students will explore, in depth, different themes in cultural heritage including: Heritage & Society; Working with Communities; Planning for Heritage & Tourism I & II, Heritage for Sustainable Development; and Creating a Master Plan - planning at heritage sites.

Each module will be complemented by site visits, field research, guest lectures, group discussions, and written assignments. During the 6th and final week, students will present their group projects at a symposium supported by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Ministry of Tourism, and the APSARA Authority.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here.
As you can see it has been a busy and successful 2016, but these were only some of the highlights. In May, IHP attended the international conference for the Association for Critical Heritage Studies in Montreal. In September our Director presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and in October we welcomed our new Social Media Coordinator, Karol Hermoza Loyola. 

Looking ahead, we will continue to build on the successes of 2016, with 2017 promising to be even more exciting. We'll be accepting applications for the HMFP through February 28th. In March, IHP's Director will be presenting at the international Health and Heritage conference in England. Shortly after, IHP will travel to Jordan to explore the potential for establishing its second Heritage Management Field Program. Finally, on May 27th IHP will welcome its first class of HMFP participants for an intensive and incredible six weeks of study and fieldwork in Cambodia.

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our supporters. Thank you again to all of you who have contributed to our work. However, we still have a very long way to go before we are able to support our Cambodian students. Every contribution - no matter how big or small - will make a difference. To learn more about our programs and how you can support a Cambodian student click on the button below: 
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