Dedicated to
the study of national and international policies to protect and preserve the world's
antiquities, monuments, and archaeological sites, and to advance human knowledge for the benefit of all.


The Cultural Policy Research Institute is dedicated to advancing public education and understanding of  issues of cultural property.

Arthur Houghton in The Art Newspaper Antiquities Question Far From Settled

NY Times 07-15-2012 The Curse of the Outcast Artifact

The Future of the Past - Collecting Ancient Art in the 21st Century
March 18, 2012
CPRI's Arthur Houghton and Kate Fitz Gibbon joined a panel of distinguished experts for an important public program at The Asia Society in New York. A standing-room only audience heard distinguished panel of experts from the arts world take on controversial issues facing today’s museums and the collectors that support them.

Link to 2 hour video of this public program    Transcript of the program

Chasing Aphrodite at The National Press Club
January 24, 2012
Authors Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, CPRI President Arthur Houghton and Walters Art Gallery Director Gary Vikan discuss Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum.

Ruth K. Franklin Symposium on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

"Cultural Heritage and African Art:  Negotiating the Rise of Ethical and Legal Collecting Concerns."

January 21, 2012

John Henry Merryman, CPRI's Kate Fitz Gibbon, Derek Fincham, George Okello Abungu, and Sylvester Okwunodo Ogbechie discuss cultural heritage in Africa.

CPRI researches legal, administrative, political and ethical issues concerning acquisition, display, conservation and publication of cultural artifacts by museums and private individuals in the United States.
We support preservation and accessibility for art and artifacts and the protection of archaeological sites everywhere.

Our goals are to:
  • share information on cultural policy issues through our website, www.cprinst.org.
  • outreach to the museum community
  • analyses of laws and international agreements.
  • encourage cooperation between U.S. and foreign institutions and governments to preserve cultural heritage for future generations. 
  • protect cultural sites of all types from damage or destruction by conflict, looting, development or neglect.

Our members include distinguished legal specialists, museum professionals, academics, collectors, and members of the public.
We are headquartered in Santa Fe, NM. 
The Institute gratefully receives financial support from individuals, foundations and organizations. 

Contact us:

Cultural Policy Research Institute

215 W. San Francisco St.   Suite 202C  

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505.412.2209   cprinst@gmail.com