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Smithsonian looking to restore Haiti’s art

  |   Earthquake Response, Uncategorized

By Jennifer Browning

Headlines, long before the earthquake, told stories of Haiti’s poverty, riots, and lack of healthcare, however many never knew about the talent and art within this tiny Caribbean nation.

The January earthquake that destroyed the lives and homes of many, also damaged and destroyed cultural icons and valuable artwork in its wake.

The Smithsonian Institution has organized a rescue effort for art works damaged during the earthquake. The Smithsonian plans to open a center in Port-au-Prince in June where American conservators will work with Haitian staff members to repair torn paintings, shattered sculptures and other works salvaged from the rubble of museums and churches.

Click here to see the New York Times slideshow Art in the Rubble.