OAS Scholarship for Master in Cultural Studies in Colombia

Within the framework of the Inter-American Year of Culture, the scholarships office of the OAS Department of Human Development, Education and Culture is offering scholarships for academic and professional development in areas related to culture.

The call for applications is open for the Masters in Cultural Studies at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. The deadline for submission of applications for admission to the University is September 16th, and for the scholarship application is November 30th. For more information about the selection process and how to apply for the scholarship, click here.

Currently, 20 students from various countries are funding their studies with OAS scholarships in the area of culture. To access more information on these opportunities visit: 



Canada holds Symposium on measures of support for intangible heritage

From April 14th to 17th of this year, the province of Quebec, Canada, held a Symposium on measures of support for intangible heritage: government, institutions and municipalities. The event, held at the hotel Château Laurier of Quebec, Canada, gathered more than a hundred participants interested in matters of cultural preservation from various countries, provinces and regions.

Under the presidency of Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture of Quebec, and in the presence of Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, former Director General of UNESCO, about twenty speakers from fifteen countries as well as representatives of the UNESCO
Ms. Yvette Michelin, craftswoman and 1st vice-president of the CQPV; Norman Legault, president of CQPV; Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture of Quebec and president of honor of the Symposium; Antoine Gauthier, Executive Chief Officer of the CQPV; and Koïchiro Matsuura, former Director General of UNESCO. Photograph: Danielle Giguère
Secretariat discussed the notion of intangible heritage.

Among the most well-known participants figured Ms. Maria Cecilia Londres Fonseca, representative of the Brazilian National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional – IPHAN) as well as Mr. Jaime Urrutia, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America (Centro Regional para la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de America Latina – CRESPIAL), based in Peru.

Overall, the symposium allowed several individuals and organizations not only to learn more about the best practices that are being carried out worldwide in the field of intangible heritage, but also to create new networks of regional and international contacts..

The event was sponsored by the UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture of Québec, the Ministry of International Relations of Québec, the City of Québec, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Desjardins Cooperative Bank. The activity was also registered in the framework of the Inter-American Year of Culture of the Organization of American States. Publication of symposium documents will take place before the end of 2011.