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to July 7, 1985; Indian participants will join Americans to create an atmosphere vibrant with colored shapes, fragrant flower garlands, acrobats, street performers, instrumentalists, and strolling balladeers.  The Smithsonian Symposium "Canvass of Culture" will provide an opportunity for historians, artists, poets, scientists, filmmakers, educators, and sociologists to consider the intellectual policy implications of changes now sweeping India.

In a range of complementary projects, the Freer Gallery will show an exhibition consisting of masterpieces of Indian art from its renowned collections; the Resident Associates Program will organize lectures, films, classes, workshops, and performances on India; SITES is organizing a traveling exhibition of the works of India's contemporary master weavers; and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries are preparing a scholars' guide to the Smithsonian Indian collections.  Other activities will include a traveling exhibition of Indian wildlife photographs at the National Zoological Park; an educational packet on India produced in conjunction with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Education Department at the Natural History Museum, and the Office of Folklife Programs; the broadcast of live cultural events from India via satellite to the Looking at Earth Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum; an exhibition and performance program at the National Museum of American History on the influence of Indian culture on America; and catalogue to accompany the exhibition at the Freer Gallery.

Approximately $1.8 million is required to fund the Institution's participation in the national event.  Fund-raising efforts were reviewed and the following contingency plan was discussed:  continue an active fund-raising effort over the next several months but to the extent that sufficient funds are not raised, finance the [[underlined]] Aditi [[/underlined]] (Evans Gallery) and [[underlined]] Golden Eye [[/underlined]] (Cooper-Hewitt) exhibitions estimated at $595,000 from the Special Exhibition Program approved by the Regents, and finance the supplementary [[underlined]] Aditi [[/underlined]] costs (performers, catalogue, etc.), the Folklife Festival, and the Symposium collectively estimated at $750,000 from funds expected to be identifiable in the fiscal year 1985 unrestricted trust fund budget.  Other projects, primarily of a supplementary nature, would not be done if outside support is not provided.  It was

VOTED that the Board of Regents endorses the Smithsonian's participation in the Festival of India.  To the extent that the planned projects cannot be financed with funds provided through the present fund-raising effort, the Secretary may draw upon the Institution's unrestricted trust funds for the [[underlined]] Aditi [[/underlined]] program supplement, the Folklife Festival, and the Symposium in an amount not to exceed $750,000 with the prior approval of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents.
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