DIGEST OF THE WORLD NEWS OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES, CENTERS AND FOUNDATIONS (JANUARY, 2020)

An exhibition of Azerbaijani carpets organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has opened at the UNESCO headquarters

An exhibition entitled "New discoveries: new motifs in Azerbaijani carpet weaving", organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France and the permanent mission of our country to UNESCO, opened in Paris.

Executive Director of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, noted that 10 years ago, the art of Azerbaijani carpet were included into the Representative List of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, held in Baku at the 43rd session of the world heritage of UNESCO the historic center along with Sheki Khan's Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this regard, the presentation of Sheki carpets at UNESCO headquarters is important.

It should be noted that Azerbaijani masters of art, artists, inspired by the mysterious ornaments and frescoes in the Sheki Palace of khans, created beautiful, richly ornamented works. 30 carpet weavers precisely according to these ornaments, Sheki motifs, based on sketches by the carpet-making artist, people’s artist Eldar Mikailzadeh, wove the carpets presented at the exhibition for two years.

The exhibition was first presented in 2019 as part of the days of the culture of Azerbaijan in the city of Cannes and during this year it is planned to be shown in many French cities.

 

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation provided medicines for children with bullous epidermolysis

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation provided medicines to registered persons under the age of 18 with congenital bullous epidermolysis.

The employees of the Foundation visited Baku, Agsu, Agdam, Astara, Bilasuvar, Khizi, Imishli, Gazakh, Masalli, Sabirabad and Shamakhi, where they handed over 42 types of medicines intended for use during the year, as well as individually written prescriptions and letters of recommendation to families where children with epidermolysis bullosa live.

We would like to remind that the activity in the sphere of healthcare and the social sphere is one of the priority directions of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Actively participating in solving public health problems, the Foundation also implements projects such as "Better care for children with diabetes"," In the name of life without thalassemia", support for operations for children with congenital heart disease, and "Cochlear implantation".

 

Art exhibition at the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus

On January 17, 2020, the branch of the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus at the Residence of the President of the Republic of Belarus hosted the art exhibition "Lyalka Belorusskaya. Znayomaya neznayomka."

The initiator of this art project was the Ethno-cultural Association "Paparats Kvetka" of the Belarusian Union of folk artists.

The exhibition presents traditional amulet folk Belarusian and Russian dolls - motanki (pelenashka, zernovushka,  vepsskaya doll, bereginya, etc.) made of a variety of materials - scraps of fabric, wood, clay, straw, ash, wax, dough, potatoes, birch bark, flax, corn cobs, as well as the author's folklore doll.

Yevgeny Mikhailovich Sakhuta, a Belarusian art critic and ethnologist, doctor of art history and candidate of historical sciences, delivered a welcome speech to the participants of the opening day. He noted that these dolls, as well as the Belarusian folk costume and Belarusian mythology, is a treasure of our culture.

Folk dolls are folk wisdom, invaluable experience of generations of our ancestors, they carry a great educational force, honed for thousands of years.

 

The history of the great victory illustrated on the pages of newspapers and magazines

January 13 marks the Day of Russian Press, which has more than three hundred years of history. On this day in 1703, in Moscow, by decree of Peter the Great, the issue of the first Russian printed newspaper Vedomosti was published.

The Presidential Library’s collections include over 190 thousand newspapers and magazines. The number of their titles exceeds 1100. Many publications, published at different times and intended for different audiences, are presented in the public domain on the institution’s portal in the special collection "Domestic Periodicals in the Presidential Library’s collections".

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, it is necessary to especially note the collection of front-line periodicals of 1941-1945. The Presidential Library’s portal provides an opportunity to browse through the pages of digitized numbers of the newspapers Leningradskaya Pravda, On Guard of the Motherland, Smena, partisan editions, leaflets and posters of the war.

The Leningradskaya Pravda issue of May 9, 1945, which published the act of unconditional surrender of the German armed forces, is unique. "The great Patriotic war was victoriously completed. Today is the day of national celebration -Victory Day! Glory to the Soviet people, the victorious people!"- these words open the holiday issue of the newspaper. The Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR "on declaring May 9 a victory day" was published here.

 

Acceptance of works for the foreign view contest: Russia, Belarus, Italy are on top

The Presidential Library is accepting works for the X International Annual Multimedia Contest Foreign View. It is dedicated to the Year of Theater in Russia and its motto is "The World as a Theater". The contest participants were given the task not only to fulfill all its conditions but also to show creative skills. Each work should become a kind of scene on which the author, like a theater director and playwright, will be able to show his vision of the world and tell his own story. 

All the nominations are selected in such a way that everyone can be reflected from the better side.

The award ceremony will take place in February 2020.

Bright images will be included in the photo album and along with the best videos will add to the electronic collection of the Presidential library. The prepared materials of the multimedia competition will be part of exhibitions at various cultural venues in the country.

 

Museum after hours: the garbage problem and 2000

On the eve of the New year, on December 30, the Boris Yeltsin Museum hosted the last program of the museum after hours cycle in 2019 - "Y2K. Version 2.0". It was inspired by the events of twenty years ago – when the world froze in anticipation of possible technological disasters due to a potential global failure of computer systems.

Computers at that time had only two digits to mark the year, the first two digits being " 19.." either implied or substituted automatically. Therefore, the year 1999, which is indicated in machines by the number "99", risked becoming the year 1900, rather than the year 2000, which could have unpredictable consequences for many industries that depend on the operation of computers. Nothing catastrophic happened then, but the "problem 2000" Or "Y2K", as it was called, made us think about the degree of dependence of mankind on digital technology.

As the Director of the Boris Yeltsin Museum Dina Sorokina noted, the past year 2019 also gave many reasons to worry about the potentially catastrophic consequences of our activities. The garbage problem, the problem is the state of the environment came to the fore, and it is no coincidence that man of the year was Greta Thunberg, who with the characteristic of a young girl emotionality drew the attention of the world to these issues.

The second part of the museum after hours program was a musical performance "Director of Everything" by Moscow musician and producer Andrey Lee.

 

A gift card program

On the birthday of the first President of Russia, the Yeltsin Center launches a new gift card program "Freedom of choice".

What is "Freedom of choice" - a brightly decorated plastic card issued in partnership with the VISA payment system. The card itself does not cost a penny, but when you buy it, you must put on it the amount that you expect to spend on a gift. For many of us, it is just salvation. Instead of a gift on hand, which then passes from hand to hand for years, you give your loved freedom of choice, and he or she decides what to spend the money on put on the card.

"Freedom of choice" is an opportunity to find your gift in any of the points that are collected under the roof of the Yeltsin Center. After receiving a gift card, you can buy a ticket to any concert or meeting with your favorite artist, which is held in the Yeltsin Center.

 

Nike Donates $5 Million To Create Athletic Facility At Obama Presidential Center

The first presidential library to feature an athletic component comes as Nike donates $5 million to the Obama Foundation for the creation of a public space to promote physical activity at the planned Obama Presidential Center on the south side of Chicago.

Nike, which has worked with Barack and Michelle Obama since a 2013 announcement that supported Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative with a $50 million investment over five years, believes that with sports a transformative vessel in terms of health and educational outcomes for youth, means having the opportunity to partner with the Obama Foundation on the facility amplifies the importance the Oregon-based brand’s effort to promote physical activity. 

 

Truman Torah To Be Exhibited At National Museum Of American Jewish History

The Truman Torah, one of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum’s iconic artifacts, will be exhibited at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) February 4 through June 27, 2020.

The Torah is one of the Truman Library’s iconic artifacts, says Truman Library Director Kurt Graham. “The Truman Torah is an essential part of the connective tissue between President Truman and the state of Israel. In the recognition decision, he faced an extraordinarily difficult set of circumstances and acted decisively.” “We are grateful that the Truman Library has made it possible for NMAJH to present this incredibly symbolic object connected to the establishment of Israel at the very location where this country was founded,” stated Dr. Josh Perelman, chief curator and director of exhibitions and interpretation at NMAJH.

 

Hollywood glamour comes to library for Oscars screening party

Film fans and Academy Award aficionados looking for a fun way to watch the Oscars this year can head to the Eisenhower Public Library in Harwood Heights. The library will host its annual After Hours Awards Viewing Party Sunday, Feb. 9 and will screen the Oscars and the red-carpet pre-show live.

This is the fifth year that the library will be hosting the event, which was developed by Elias Pera, reference librarian and self-proclaimed film-buff. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event runs the length of the ceremony.

 

Media Advisory: Nelson Mandela University and Foundation partner to advance Madiba’s legacy

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela University have joined hands in an effort to advance the legacy of the world icon after which they are named.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the former president’s release from his 27-year imprisonment, the institutions will cement a strategic partnership that seeks to take Madiba’s legacy forward into the next thirty years and beyond.

The University and Foundation – who share a common vision of entrenching Mandela’s legacy in their respective contributions towards an equal and just society – have been in collaboration on a number of projects in that regard.

On Monday, 3 February, these institutions will formalise this partnership with a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the areas of social justice advocacy, scholarship and research and human rights activities as defined by the parties.