Public Affairs Officer Courtney Austrian’s Remarks to Media at Gelati Onsight Session (March 30)
Question about the event
The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was established in 2001 to help preserve culture around the world. The first grant into Georgia was made in 2001. In the time since then, there have been 16 grants to different entities in Georgia. But the biggest one we have done, by far, has been here in Gelati where we have been working for the last 14 years to preserve this magnificent structure. Over the past 14 years, we have spent 856 thousand dollars to help preserve Gelati — because we think it really builds bridges between our two countries. And, because preserving culture of this nature is just so important. I am really delighted to be here today and I am really glad to be here with so many other people who think that this is an important and worthwhile endeavor.