文化財保護・芸術研究助成財団 (東京都台東区上野、理事長:宮田亮平) は、東日本大震災で被災した文化財の復旧支援活動の一環として、ワールド・モニュメント財団 (World Monuments Fund: WMF/米国ニューヨーク、理事長:ボニー・バーナム) と連携し、被災地域主導での復旧活動を広く国内外に支援を訴えるキャンペーン「東日本大震災被災文化財復旧支援事業 (Save Our Culture 心を救う、文化で救う)」(以下「SOC」という。) を開始しました。SOC は、文化庁の協力を得て実施していきます。

 
 Save Our Culture (SOC) launched in Japan
 
An International Collaborative Project was launched last November to save cultural heritage damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March of that year. The Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research, Ueno, Tokyo (President Ryohei Miyata) announced that a project entitled Save Our Culture (SOC) has now been launched in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund, New York (President Bonnie Burnham) and with the co-operation of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and Tokyo University of the Arts. SOC aims to raise domestic and international resources while identifying and assisting efforts at a local level to preserve and restore aspects of cultural heritage damaged by the events of 11 March 2011 – thereby helping to contribute towards the rebuilding of the communities affected.
 
SOC is seeking support for the rescue and restoration of three types of cultural heritage most at risk, or that which is most relevant at both a national and local level. These include –
 
Immovable (buildings and historic sites)
Movable (art objects and collections)
Intangible heritage (material culture such as costumes, masks and floats) associated with traditional Japanese arts, both visual and performing, which form part of the many important festivals and rituals that have taken place in these communities for centuries.
 
Starting in November last year calls for an international fundraising programme were launched under the newly designed SOC logo and through The World Monuments Fund. The period for submitting funding applications will be announced later for SOC’s further operations; these will include site selections in, or before, April 2012. The SOC initiative is tentatively set to continue for five years during which time its initial goal is to raise 500 million Japanese Yen.
 
More here.