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Contact:
Teresa S. Thomas
412-268-3580

For immediate release:
August 19, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Establishes Partnerships with Italian Programs For Heritage Site Restoration and Development Initiative

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management (MAM) program will work with three Italian institutions to create a training and research initiative designed to address the restoration, use and management of cultural heritage sites in Italy's Piedmont region.

Partners in this effort are the University of Bologna's Department of Economics and Management, The Polytechnic Institute of Turin's 2nd Faculty of Architecture and the Fitzcarraldo Foundation (Turin). The Master of Arts Management is a joint program of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon.

"The Piedmont region in northern Italy is the home of more than 250 castles, plus hundreds of churches, estates and other historically significant sites. Many are currently in a state of disrepair, underutilized or decaying," said Dan J. Martin, associate professor in the School of Drama and director of the arts management program.

"The communities surrounding these sites do not have the resources to restore them to their proper condition and sustain them. In addition to the restoration and protection of these sites is the issue of what can and should be done once they are restored," Martin said.

The heritage sites, given their cultural importance and central location in each community, lend themselves to uses as museums, conference centers, community centers, restaurants and performing arts centers.

All of the partners bring a variety of experience and expertise to this venture, Martin said. The Polytechnic Institute's 2nd Faculty of Architecture, one of Italy's leading architecture programs, will focus its energy on the restoration of these sites. The Fitzcarraldo Foundation, a private research, training and consulting organization highly regarded for its groundbreaking research on the cultural industries in Piedmont, will investigate the various collaborative and business opportunities and challenges of the sites. The University of Bologna's Economics and Management faculty, recognized as one of Italy's best management schools, would collaborate with the MAM program to provide the management training for those organizations that eventually will occupy the sites.

The MAM program will tap the intellectual resources of the Heinz School's economic and community development faculty for contributions to this project. "This is just the kind of synthesis of interests, expertise and services that the Heinz School seeks to develop," said Jeffrey Hunker, professor and dean of the Heinz School. "Not only does this Heritage Site project open the door to creative partnerships among the school's research and service interests, but it will allow the students to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the interdependence and multidimensional nature of these operating spheres."

The agreement also allows for faculty, student and researcher exchanges among the three partners. Martin believes that this venture has the potential to enrich the Pittsburgh-based efforts of the MAM program: "Our students will have opportunities to participate in the research and planning work; they will gain some extremely valuable firsthand experience in developing and establishing new community resources, both private and nonprofit. In addition, they will be exposed to alternative cultural structures and systems."

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