IHF America is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is promoting and preserving Persian culture, history, languages, and art. It grows out of 18 years of cultural work by the Iran Heritage Foundation in England, bringing similar programs with the same level of quality to North America.
IHF organizes high profile exhibitions and conferences, produces publications and films, enables preservation and digitization efforts, and facilitates fellowships, scholarships, grants, and research programs. In England, IHF is the leading supporter of Iranian Studies, and has long-lasting institutional partnerships with museums and universities including the British Museum, the V&A Museum, Oxford, and Cambridge. IHF America follows the same model, collaborating with institutions such as the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
As a whole, IHF maintains relationships with more than 30 leading universities and museums across Europe and North America. IHF’s programs cover the art and culture of Iran from ancient to contemporary times.
In 2013, IHF leveraged its cross-continent platform and associations to co-organize The Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the U.S., an historical first, in partnership with the British Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The resulting exhibition, The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, was on display at five major museums of the highest acclaim from DC to California, attracting more than 300,000 visitors nationwide.
In 2012 IHF sponsored and arranged programs for the Ninth Biennial International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) Conference held in Istanbul, with guests and speakers from its U.S. network of universities, leading U.K. Iranian Studies programs, other parts of Europe, and Iran. The conference has been the largest and most attended ISIS conference to date.
IHF also launched the Golha Project website in 2012 through the collaboration of its U.K. and U.S. offices. The website provides access to a fully searchable digitized and indexed archive of the most successful Persian classical music broadcast series from Iran National Radio. In 2009-2010, IHF worked with the Fitzwilliam Museum of the Cambridge University to organize Epic of the Persian Kings: The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, a major exhibition with accompanying symposium and publication honoring the millennium of the completion of Shahnameh.
Over the years the IHF has collaborated with the British Museum on high profile exhibitions, programs, publications, and conferences including Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia, and Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran. IHF has supported an IHF Fellow at the British Museum since 1998. Similarly, in the U.S., IHF has funded a similar position at the Freer and Sackler Galleries for an IHF Fellow to research and catalogue objects and manuscripts from the museums’ Persian collections. IHF has arranged exhibitions displaying the works of artists such as Parviz Tanavoli, Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin Neshat, and Kaveh Golestan.
SOURCES OF FUNDING
Our most important sources of funding include its trustees and contributions from individuals, corporate and institutional sponsors, donors and friends. To ensure the Foundation’s independence of action and non-political status, the Trustees do not accept funding from governmental sources.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Foundation achieves much of its work through volunteers. In addition, every donation, large or small, helpfs us to make a real difference in achieving our objectives. We welcome your support!
Additional information and updated news on our programmes and events may be found at www.iranheritage.org and at www.facebook.com/iran.heritage.foundation.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
IHF America proudly presents the Cyrus Cylinder US Tour, in partnership with the British Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution: cyruscylinder2013.com