IICAS and “Oltin Meros” Foundation: Partnership for Silk Road Heritage Studies
In order to expand sustainable partnerships in the study of the cultural heritage of the Silk Road, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAI) is successfully developing cooperation with both government agencies and non-governmental organizations. One of such recent examples is the signing of a Memorandum on Research Cooperation with the International Charitable Foundation "Oltin Meros" ("Golden Heritage"). The Memorandum was signed on November 7, 2020 by the Director of IICAS Dr. Dmitriy Voyakin and the Chairman of the Board of the “Oltin Meros” Foundation Mr. Amirqul Karimov. The International Charitable Foundation "Oltin Meros", established in 1996, is a public organization designed to encourage citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan to take an active part in the processes of reviving and preserving the richest historical and cultural heritage. For a wider and deeper coverage, involvement of broad public for such creative activities, the Foundation has created branches in all regions of Uzbekistan. Currently, there are 174 archaeological, architectural and other monuments of Uzbekistan are under the patronage of the “Oltin Meros” Foundation. The Foundation provides assistance in replenishing the collections of museums in Uzbekistan, collecting, preserving and organizing exhibitions of medieval manuscripts and lithographs, ethnographic materials. An important place in the activities of the Foundation is close cooperation with private collections for the study and publication of information on preserved artifacts and art objects, the organization of public museums and house-museums. Another important area of the Foundation's activities is to assist in the revival of traditional schools of handicrafts in Uzbekistan.