Core of Culture
Core of Culture is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that for the past 15 years has dedicated itself to safeguarding intangible world culture and assuring the continuity of ancient dance traditions where they originate.
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Core of Culture is an organization committed to safeguarding intangible world culture, with three primary emphases:
Core of culture exists to assure the continuity of dance traditions in endangered cultures where they originate and for world culture as a whole. Core of Culture advocates for the importance of preserving ancient dance traditions and is a resource for dancers, scholars and the general public.
Core of culture offers design solutions in all areas of cultural stewardship and institutional transformation, with an emphasis on building cultural communities. Focusing on global artistic practice, Core of Culture combines traditional and progressive means of artistic production. Core of Culture collaborates with museums, libraries, monasteries, and other relevant bodies.
Core of culture responds to cultural need in the world, and funding is critical for providing timely research and response. To address this socio-economic reality of our work in remote and undeveloped cultures, Core of Culture has established the Core Endowment Fund to support local initiatives with international methods.
Core of Culture’s efforts have spanned the globe, conducting projects throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Currently, CoC is documenting Cham traditions for the Matho monastery museum in Ladakh, publishing a 12th century Buddhist dance manuscript, and conducting a tourism awareness campaign throughout the Himalaya.
For a complete archive of Core of Culture's past projects please visit this page.
Matho Monastery Museum Exhibit
Core of Culture will create a gallery, an outdoor installation, and document the monastery’s dancesRead More
Himalayan Tourism Awareness Campaign
Building an aware and responsible audience for festivals throughout the HimalayaRead More
Ballet Society: Conversations on Dance app
Stimulating the minds of pre-professional dancers through a new appRead More
Sumthrang Monastery Dance Preservation
Successful dance restoration begins at the Sumthrang Monastery in Bhutan, with support from a Core of Culture Seed GrantRead More
Publishing The Snow Lion's Attributes
A 12th-century Buddhist dance treatise in a bi-lingual publication, Tibetan and EnglishRead More
Wellcome Collection Exhibition
Core of Culture provides the Buddhist dance footage in the Wellcome Collection’s The Dalai Llama’s Secret Temple exhibitionRead More
Partnership with The October Gallery
Partnership with the celebrated London-based institution for art and science, the October GalleryRead More
The Core of Culture Team
As Director of CoC, Joseph Houseal has overseen dance preservation and research projects in Ladakh - from where CoC’s first Buddhist Cham dance restoration DVDs were produced - Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and the Kingdom of Bhutan, where CoC executed a 5- year project culminating in a touring exhibition of Buddhist art and Cham dance, presented by Honolulu Academy of Arts. Joseph is also Director of the Ballet Society app project and has recently completed a research fellowship at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Nicholas AlguireAssociate Director
New to the Core of Culture team, Nicholas resides in New York City and oversees CoC's ongoing projects, outreach, and publications. Nicholas is also the Director of operations on the Ballet Society app and will be assisting in the production of dance documentation in Ladakh.
Kirsten WilkinsonFundraising Specialist
Kirsten Wilkinson resides in Washington D.C. and handles CoC's fundraising, foundation, and grant research. Kirsten also works as a dance archivist at the Library of Congress.
Liz KideraDirector of Design
An Architect, Exhibition Designer, and amateur paleontologist, Liz Kidera is an expert in the fields of art and science. Liz has worked alongside Joseph Houseal for several years, helping with issues of dance and design at all levels. Recently, Liz worked as the exhibition designer for the newly completed 9/11 Museum in New York City and is the lead designer of the Ballet Society app project.
Gerard HoughtonSpecial Projects Director
Gerard Houghton has spent the last ten years using his skills as a videographer to document and archive ancient dance traditions in the Himalayas. Houghton designed the Bhutan Dance Database housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Nathan WhitmontAssociate Field Director
Nathan Whitmont is a wilderness guide, horse trainer, filmmaker, writer, and dance photographer from Bozeman Montana. As Associate Field Director of CoC, Nathan directs and performs remote field work.
Tashi LundupField Research Specialist
Tashi Lundup is a Ph.D Research Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Tashi is Ladakhi, works in the tourism industry in the summers in Ladakh, and is uniquely positioned to understand the delicate balance of religious rituals and tourism in Ladakh, possessing an activist’s passion for the integrity of his own culture.
Core of Culture.
A sustainable service organization.
15 Years of Work.
15 Years of Support.
It is only because of dedicated and generous support that Core of Culture has been able to sustain the research and documentation over the last fifteen years, and earned the organization a reputation as the foremost purveyor of ancient dance worldwide. As Core of Culture continues to build and expand, so does the need for further development and support, for both the organization and the areas where CoC conducts work. We encourage anyone interested in the preservation of intangible world culture to reach out to us and learn how you can help.
Currently, Core of Culture is hoping to raise the funds a Tourism Education Campaign throughout the Himalayan rim. It is incumbent that the region have a sustained program in place to handle the ever-growing rate of tourism throughout the region and responsibly educate the tourists on what they are seeing and how to properly interact. Take a moment to view our project page above to out more about the campaign and learn how your donation will help insure these traditions last.
This year, Core of Culture has produced and published the inaugural 2015 Annual Design Review. This publication marks CoC's venture into publishing and book making, please take a moment to view the digital version below. If you would like to acquire the limited-edition, soft bound copy of this annual, feel free to contact us.
Core of Culture would like to thank some of it’s many generous supporters over the last several years. It is because of you we are able to continue our efforts in sustaining global cultural heritage where it is most needed.
Jeffrey R. Costello
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
The John Porter Charitable Trust
The Asian Cultural Council
The Lassalle Fund
And many more...
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