AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR ST. PETERSBURG 2003Back to More Past Projects
Chaired by Ambassador William H. Luers, the Committee was a coalition of U.S. business and cultural leaders. Its mission was—
BackgroundIn 1993, a group of cultural and business leaders led by former U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia William H.Luers, was invited to St. Petersburg for a conference, “Cultural Policy and Economic Development.” The following year a delegation from St. Petersburg visited New York and Atlanta to get acquainted with the cultural policies of U.S. cities. At the end of 1994, the American Committee was created as a catalyst and facilitator of U.S. participation in St. Petersburg’s tercentenary celebration.
The American Committee was formally recognized as St. Petersburg’s official U.S. partner for the celebration. The Committee has pursued its mission through projects designed to build new connections between U.S. and St. Petersburg cultural institutions and strengthen existing ones.
AccomplishmentsUS Launch of St. Petersburg Jubilee Celebrations, Nov. 13, 2002 in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue.
Great Cultural Embassy (April 2000). A 3-day program in New York for representatives of leading cultural institutions in St. Petersburg and representatives of the city Administration. Events included a tourism seminar, a meeting with the membership of the American Committee,and a musical gala with performers from the Academy of young singers from the Mariinsky Theater.
Performing Arts Presenters(May 1999). Heads of large regional performing arts centers traveled to St. Petersburg to get acquainted with the city’s cultural offerings, with an emphasis on showcasing young talent and contemporary work.
2003: Five Year Kick-off (May 1998). With assistance from the Institute for Cultural Programs in St. Petersburg, members of the American Committee for St. Petersburg 2003 and CEC staff met with city officials and cultural and business leaders to discuss American involvement in the plans for the tercentenary. The Committee expanded to become a nationwide group, inviting new members and raising funds to support tercentenary projects.
St. Petersburg: A Cultural Celebration (January 1997). A two-month festival of performances, exhibitions and special events organized in cooperation with the Arts & Events Office of the World Financial Center in New York City.
MembersWilliam Luers (Committee Chairman), United Nations Association of the USA
Edward Albee, Playwright
Pierre Apraxine, The Howard Gilman Foundation
James H. Billington, The Librarian of Congress
J. Carter Brown*, National Gallery, Washington, DC
William C. Brumfield, Tulane University
Schuyler G. Chapin, Commissioner for Culture, New York City (ret.)
Anita Contini, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Jenny Dixon, Bronx Museum
John Evans, U.S. Department of State
Harriet Fulbright, Fulbright Foundation
Paul Gottlieb*, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Donald Greene, The Coca-Foundation (ret.)
Heyward Isham, Eurasia Group
Donald Kendall, Pepsico, Inc.
Richard Lanier, Trust for Mutual Understanding
Eugene Lawson, US-Russia Business Council
Paul LeClerc, New York Public Library
Jane Lombard, CEC International Partners
Bo W. Long, Finnair (ret.)
The Honorable Earle I. Mack, The Mack Company
Natalia Makarova, Dancer and Author
Suzanne Massie, Author
Richard E. Oldenburg, Sotheby's North America
L. Jay Oliva, New York University
Marilyn Perry, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Peter J. Pettibone, Hogan & Hartson, LLP
Susan Rappaport, International Museum Guide
Blair Ruble, The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies
Dmitri Shalin, Univ. of Nevada/Las Vegas
Isaac Shapiro, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher
Andrew B. Somers, Jr., American Chamber of Commerce, Moscow
The Hon. C. William Verity, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
George C. White, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
John C. Whitehead, AEA Investors, Inc.
Lawrence J. Wilker, ShowOnDemand.com, Inc.
Michael B. Yanney, America First Companies