Chargé d’Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco David Green launched the Volubilis Mosaic Conservation Project
Chargé d’Affairs at the United States Embassy in Morocco David Green has officially launched the project to preserve the mosaics of the historic city of Volubilis, the ancient Roman city near Meknes, a World Heritage-listed site that is one of the most popular tourist sites in Morocco, with a budget of $189,000
The Embassy is working with the Ifker Association for Environmental and Sustainable Development Education, with support from the Ministry of Culture of Morocco, through the United States Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, to restore and preserve the historical mosaic.y and 3y Horns in Volubilis, inspired by Greco-Roman mythology.
Volubilis is home to dozens of mosaics from the ancient Roman site of Panasa, some of which will be restored and preserved as part of this project. This fund will also train local artisans in restoring and preserving mosaics to create sustainable livelihoods in the area.
“This project represents the US government’s ongoing partnership with the Moroccan government, as well as local organizations, to preserve and share the kingdom’s precious cultural heritage,” Chargé d’Affairs Green said, during the launch event organized at Volubilis’ site today.
The project will build on Ifker’s partnership with the California-based Getty Conservation Institute Mosaikon. This initiative aims to improve the conservation, display and management of mosaics in the Mediterranean region. American experts from the Getty Institute will visit Morocco to work with local partners, train artisans in mosaic restoration and preservation, and educate locals in the region about cultural heritage restoration and the importance of Moroccan cultural heritage to the world.
“Given the importance of these things, the project will be implemented in close coordination with the local community and youth, through training in mosaic restoration, as well as the education and exchange of best practices for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. The importance of Moroccan cultural heritage,” said Nawal El Haouari, president of Ifker. Chateau, founder of Ifker, has explored the American model for cultural preservation during the International Visitor Leadership Program, which allows professionals to travel to the United States to exchange ideas and best practices, and create networks of expertise.
The U.S. Embassy in Morocco has funded 12 cultural preservation projects in Morocco through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, totaling more than $1 million, ranging from the restoration of certain parts of the Kasbah of Mahdia near Kenitra to the creation of film archives at the Tangiers Cinematheque. The Willili Project was funded by a special fund dedicated to the 20th anniversary celebration of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, which was established by the United States Congress in 2001 to preserve a wide range of cultural heritage around the world.
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