Mission

To promote and defend Rome’s cultural heritage through educational programs, projects, and public outreach in conservation, video, and social media.

Twenty-seven centuries of constant development have made Rome an unparalleled example of both physical and cultural sustainability, combining timeless architecture and one of the richest archaeological patrimonies in the world. Efforts to preserve the Eternal City’s art and architecture are at a critical stage. Through partnerships with all levels of government, educational and cultural institutions (with special outreach to Italian-American organizations), cultural heritage specialists, donors, philanthropists, and innovators, the American Institute for Roman Culture seeks to inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations and to safeguard Rome’s precious archaeological, architectural, and cultural treasures through innovative didactic experiences utilizing both traditional approaches as well as emerging technologies such as social media and video, fostering a truly interdisciplinary conversation for sustainable preservation.

Vision

ARIC seeks to make history and cultural heritage in all of their manifestations engaging and relevant to the public at large through accessible lessons, content, outreach, and projects. In doing so, we endeavor to defeat the adage, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. “ By presenting history in digital media and communicating its relevance, AIRC will lead people to actively participate in the preservation of the past.

Goals & strategies

We aim to:
- achieve sustainable enrollment levels for academic programming;
- become a central online hub for outreach in cultural heritage preservation through conversation and a free, innovative digital history textbook;
- achieve sustainable funding for cultural heritage preservation projects and initiatives.