On March 9, 2013, for the first time in history, the iconic relic, the Cyrus Cylinder, will begin a tour of the United States. The Cyrus Cylinder has been housed at the British Museum in London since its finding in 1879.
The tour is the result of the collaborative efforts of many. The exhibition is organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
In addition, the exhibition at some of the venues is sponsored by various organizations and individuals. Through the generous support of Tina & Hamid Moghadam and Bita Daryabari & Dr. Reza Malek, PAAIA is honored to be a co-sponsor of the exhibition in San Francisco. We are also proud that numerous PAAIA board members are among the sponsors of the exhibition in Houston and New York City. PAAIA will work closely with the Asian Art Museum in San Fracisco to conduct fundraising activities and develop and provide additional educational and outreach opportunities.
The Cyrus Cylinder represents values, including religious toleration and respect for human rights, which have become part of modern democratic societies and which are cherished by Iranian Americans today. As we cope with the challenges inherent in any immigrant population’s assimilation into a new country and culture, we are honored that the Cyrus Cylinder and its story allows us to highlight our culture and heritage more accurately. We hope that you will embrace the Cylinder’s journey and message.
We welcome your collaboration and support. If you have ideas and thoughts about how we can more effectively utilize the Cyrus Cylinder tour to bring attention to our culture and people, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to support the tour’s San Francisco exhibition, you can do so here.
We look forward to updating you on the tour and its journey throughout the US.
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To find out how you can help with the PAAIA-sponsored Cyrus Cylinder Exhibitions, click here.
To view the Tour's official website, click here.