Press Release

April 29, 2010

AIA Site Preservation Program Launches $100,000 Pledge Drive at 2nd Annual Gala

$50  = Daily wage for a restorer in Assos, Turkey

The AIA Site Preservation program kicked off a pledge drive the night of the 2nd Annual AIA Gala in New York City. The program hopes to raise $100,000 before the end of the AIA’s fiscal year on June 30. Site Preservation was a part of the live auction at the gala and thanks to the many generous bids made that night, we are more than halfway to completing this goal!

Founded in 2007, the Site Preservation Program works to safeguard the world’s archaeological heritage for future generations through direct preservation, by raising awareness of threats to sites, by organizing educational and outreach programs, and by facilitating the spread of best site preservation practices through workshops, lectures, and publications.

Every Donation Matters—Where the Money Goes

$25     Daily vehicle rental for conservators in Kissonerga, Cyprus     

$50     Daily wage for a restorer in Assos, Turkey

$75     Weekly wage for an English teacher providing language training for tour guides in Cambodia

$100     Accommodation for a lecturer speaking to US Troops prior to their deployment

$250     Site Preservation activity at an Archaeology Fair

$500     Workshop for local community members on stewardship

$1000     Expenses for a 3-day teacher conference in Texas

$2000     Graphic design for creating a virtual 3-D roundhouse and associated artifacts in Cyprus

$5000     One AIA Best Practices in Site Preservation Award

$25,000     One Site Preservation Grant

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