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On 11 October in Philadelphia, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Evaldas Ignatavičius together with Minister of Culture Arūnas Gelūnas, who is on a visit to the United States of America, met with representatives from the Lithuanian American Community to discuss the issues concerning the preservation of the Lithuanian cultural heritage in the U.S.A.

President of the Lithuanian American Community Vytas Maciūnas, Chair of the Cultural Affairs Council of the Lithuanian American Community Aldona Page and Vice Chair Dalia Jakienė, representative of the Lithuanian America Community to the U.S.-Lithuanian joint Cultural Heritage Commission Teresė Gečienė attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on the disappearing Lithuanian cultural heritage: Lithuanian churches that are being closed down, endangered pieces of art and history, and thinning ranks of persons, who voluntarily collect and preserve the valuables.

The participants of the meeting agreed to join efforts of the Lithuanian American Community and Lithuanian governmental institutions to finalize the preparation of a list of Lithuanian cultural heritage objects in the U.S.A. that are significant to Lithuania.

The preparation of such a list would serve as the first step towards other practical actions to preserve the Lithuanian cultural heritage in the U.S.A. that is significant to Lithuania.

The issue of Lithuania’s cultural heritage policy in the U.S.A. was also discussed at the meeting.

Minister of Culture A.Gelūnas said that he saw a gap and a niche in the implementation of Lithuania’s cultural policy in the U.S.A. According to the Minister, proper attention should be given to both the preservation of Lithuania’s cultural heritage and the presentation of Lithuania’s contemporary art.

Minister A.Gelūnas and Vice-Minister E.Ignatavičius dedicated a lot of attention to the Lithuanian culture also at the inaugural event of Lithuania’s new consulate headed by Lithuanian Honorary Consul in Philadelphia Krista Bard. The gathering was attended by representatives from the cultural, business and political communities of this city.

When congratulating the newly appointed Lithuania’s Honorary Consul in Philadelphia K.Bard, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs said that honorary consuls performed an important mission in building cultural, economic and people-to-people bridges between the countries.

“Lithuania’s Consulate in Philadelphia opens new possibilities for cooperation with this important industrial, business, financial and cultural center of the U.S.,” the Vice-Minister said.

The delegation of Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Vice-Minister E.Ignatavičius is paying a visit to the U.S.A. on 11-14 October.