According to its own definition,
the Corporation for Chilean Cultural Heritage
is a private, autonomous, philanthropic,
non-profit entity, whose members are united
by their motivation to conserve, protect
and disseminate our cultural heritage responsibly
and independently. The Corporation for Cultural
Heritage has been dedicated to fulfilling
those principles faithfully and throughly
since it was founded, and it has demonstrated
so much dedication, energy and skill in
putting them into practice that its work
has been recognized both locally and internationally.
The Corporation states its function is
to build bridges between the public world,
the guardian of treasures of our heritage,
and the private world, through very ambitious
projects that are executed professionally
But what does our cultural heritage consist
of? "We understand Cultural Heritage
to be all the tangible objects that portray
our memory and define our identity, such
as museums and their collections, archives,
works of art, archeological elements or
structures, parks, buildings, iconographic,
literary, theatrical, cinematographic and
musical materials that have exceptional
value from a historical, aesthetic, anthropological,
ethnological, artistic and scientific point
of view to Chile".
We also add to our definition the wealth
of traditions, practices, customs, festivities
and celebrations that have shaped our identity
and constitute our intangible heritage.
The Corporation considers the following
aspects fundamental to the development of
1-Participate, with criteria of excellence,
in projects supported by qualified professionals.
2-Favor projects that assure continuity
throughout the years.
3-Seek mechanisms that stimulate the professionalism
and training of people who are responsible
for the objects and property of our heritage.
4-Promote the creation of groups of friends
who cooperate with public heritage entities,
especially in the regions.
5-Coordinate the exchange of information
among different entities dedicated to working
with heritage, in Chile and abroad.
6-Set priorities for projects, with emphasis
on emergencies, continuity, and excellence
so our activity will make a difference in
the way the major issues of Chilean identity
7-Promote research and studies that open
the way to possible future projects.
8-Develop work networks and joing cooperation
with entities that preserve our heritage.
9-Explain policies and theories of support
in the area of heritage.
Corporation for Chilean Cultural
Heritage: Londres 67, Santiago.
Phone, (56-2) 638-6845. Fax, (56-2) 632-4674.