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South and Central Asia: U.S.-India Joint Fact Sheet: Cultural Cooperation

U.S.-India cooperation in the area of culture includes cultural exchanges, art exhibitions, collaboration in areas of conservation and museum management, and the establishment of Indian chairs at U.S. universities.

MoA between Ministry of Culture and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Indian Ministry of Culture and the Metropolitan Museum Art, New York , signed a Memorandum of Agreement in February 2013 to enhance cultural exchanges, training and visits undertaken by museum professionals from both sides and enhance cooperation in areas of conservation, exhibition, academic research, information sharing, public education, promotion and publicity, publication, museum management, and short and long term loans.

The Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Chair

As part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a $1.5 million “The Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Chair” was established in the University of Chicago and a plaque of Swami Vivekananda was installed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence

The Ministry of Culture is cooperating with the Art Institute of Chicago under the $500,000 “Vivekananda Memorial Programme for Museum Excellence” for upgrading the skills of museum professionals of India. The training of the first batch of Indian museum professionals took place in the Art Institute of Chicago during September-October 2012. The second program will commence in the later part of 2013.

The Last Harvest

The Tagore exhibition “The Last Harvest” was organized at the Asia Society, New York (September 2011 to January 2012) and at the Art Institute of Chicago (January to April 2012).