Buddhist Art Preservation Weekend to be held on 19–22 July at New York’s Rubin Museum

From 19–22 this month, a special session entitled “Preservation Retreat for Women Treasure Caretakers” will be held for women who care for Buddhist sacred art collections; in Dharma centers, personal collections, university collections, or community centers.

The venue for this unique event is at Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, and is being held in association with Treasure Caretaker (treasurecaretaker.com), an authoritative and experienced organization in the work of preserving Buddhist thangkas, murals, and much more.

Image courtesy of Treasury Caretaker

This retreat is designed for those who identify as women, from all walks of life, who find themselves responsible for Buddhist sacred art with no preservation training, or with experience, who are seeking practical and low-cost solutions to protect and preserve for future generations.

Based on the Risk Assessment approach, sessions include presentations, hands-on learning, site visits to museums, Buddhist temples, and museum storage areas rarely accessed by the public.

The event is funded by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism, and Pema Chodron Foundation.

There is no tuition cost for participants. A free-will offering to treasurecaretaker.com to support conservation work in remote Buddhist monasteries would be appreciated.

Contact for more information

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (902) 222-1467
Website: treasurecaretaker.com

Ann Shaftel is Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, Fellow of American Institute for Conservation, and member of Canadian Association of Professional Conservators, ICOM and ICOMOS. Since 1970, Ann has worked in conservation of Buddhist art with monasteries, Dharma centers, museums, universities and communities. Her work is referenced by international scholars, and advised and blessed by Buddhist teachers.

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