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October 24, 1952

Dear Member: 

While serving as your president last year I had the honor of representing our association as a member of the United States Commission for UNESCO. Some of you who are direct and to the point embarrassed me by asking what UNESCO has done for the arts, since it was then difficult to say anything very specific in answer. Now, however, I can do it. This year UNESCO has done two specific and important things for the arts.

1) It organized and held an international conference of the arts in Venice in September. It was a good conference, many leading people in the arts went, such as Henry Moore, Stephen Spender, Georges Rouault, Jacques Villon, nad Arthur Honegger. The American delegation, headed by Thornton Wilder, included William Schuman, Ralph Walker, Allen Tait, George L. K. Morris, and Dorthea Greenbaum, as well as Mark Conolly and Henry Billings. Many interesting resolutions having to do with the economy and freedom of the artist were framed and we will hear more about these details in follow-up conferences being planned in this country. From the concluding report of the conference I quote: "They have wished to re-affirm two principles which the world is in constant danger of forgetting: that the artist through his creation has been in all times a force that draws men together and reminds them that the things which men have in common are greater than the things that separate them; and that the work of the artist is the clearest example of the operation of freedom in the human spirit."

2) At the same time, also in September, UNESCO held an international conference on museums and education in Brooklyn. Delegates came not only from nations with large museums of all sorts but smaller countries like Egypt and Liberia with special problems in this field. In addition to a series of seminar discussions the delegates visited museums in the New York area and then moved to Washington for the latter part of the conference. Mrs. Grace McCann Morley who played a leading role in the conference reports that it was a tremendous success. More detailed accounts will be published during the weeks to come.

There is a great deal more to be done in the international affairs of the arts and, I am sure, we can count upon the enthusiastic support of the UNESCO organization just as they can count upon us.

Sincerely yours,
Henry R. Hope

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Myrtilla Avery
Walter W. S. Cook
Charles R. Morey
David M. Robinson
Paul J. Sachs


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Philip R. Adams
H. Harvard Arnason
Franklin M. Biebel
Peter H. Brieger
Jean Charlot
Walter L. Creese
Marian B. Davis
Henry R. Hope
Walter W. Horn
George Kubler
Alden F. Megrew
Millard Meiss
Agnes Mongan
Erwin Panofsky
Andrew C. Ritchie
Laurence Schmeckebier


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