Treasure Caretaker Training

Preservation Science with Respect for Traditional Methods and Materials

Mission

Treasure Caretaker Training is dedicated to the preservation of sacred Buddhist treasures in monasteries and communities worldwide. We work directly with monks, nuns and community members who are the day-to-day caretakers of these treasures, empowering them with tools to protect and preserve the artifacts in their care, for daily use now, and for future generations. We additionally work to educate scholars, museum and archives professionals, government officials, students, and traditional artists. Our work is evidence-based and science-based, and we engage international professionals across disciplines to ensure the quality and accessibility of our training. We build on the expertise of our founder, whose decades-long international career in art conservation has specialized in preservation

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Ann Shaftel

Main address

1345 Spruce St c/o Halpern 2nd floor

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

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Formerly known as

Digital Monastery Project

EIN

47-2857160

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Preservation Workshops

Treasure Caretaker Training preservation workshops are by invitation and held within a monastery, library, or community center. Workshops and seminars are attended by monastics, local and national museum and archives professionals, government officials, professors, scholars, students, and traditional artists. All learn to protect and preserve their own cultural heritage treasures. 

Preservation workshops and lectures have been held in India, Bhutan, Nepal, China, and in Europe and North America. Each workshop is designed for the needs and demographics of the local area and demographics of participants. 

For example, in one workshop, ten-year-old monks sat beside senior monastic officials, scholars, archivists, arts students and master artists. Preservation education is highly effective when begun at a young age, and we are looking to develop a school curriculum that is culturally appropriate.
 
Sustainability is also important to Treasure Caretaker Training. Monastics who began in our workshops in 2005 are now senior monastic officials and are already informed and interested in preservation measures. One nun from our 2005 Bhutan workshop is now a PhD scholar in Hong Kong University, and she credits her time with Treasure Caretaker Training for her increased confidence and academic success. Nuns who began as participants and now preservation instructors in our workshops and are teaching monks how to document their own sacred artforms. 

Our monk and nun treasure caretakers are also grateful for your donations towards 2021 preservation workshops, with invitations from Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim when travel resumes.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Artists and performers
Academics

During this year when travel for on-site workshops has been prevented by COVID-19,
Treasure Caretaker Training has provided online Zoom sessions and webinars, providing answers to questions sent in by monks, nuns, and scholars. Partnering with international cultural organizations, universities and museums, our online teaching sessions are popular live and then shared by thousands in video replay.

Treasure Caretaker Training won the prestigious Digital Empowerment Foundation’s Chairman’s Choice Award in 2014 and continues to hold the respect of both international scholars and community leaders.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Academics
Artists and performers

Working in monasteries since 1970, we are dedicated to preservation of Buddhist treasures. Preservation of Buddhist Treasures Resource is available free-of-charge on-line, including topics of risk assessment, disaster planning and recovery, documentation, safe storage and more.

All Risk Assessment chapters are freely available on https://www.treasuresresource.com.

Written in response to preservation questions from monks, nuns, and community members, and illustrated with images from within monasteries, the Risk Assessment chapters are enriched by input from scholars, conservators, and our monastic readers.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Emergency responders
Artists and performers

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Treasure Caretaker Training

Board of directors
as of 1/5/2021
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Board chair

Ann Shaftel

Treasure Caretaker Training

Term: 2015 - 2022

Alexander Halpern

Alexander Halpern LLC

Dekyong Wangmo

Williamstown Library and Historical Society

Tashi Chodron

Rubin Museum