Make a Donation
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a non-government museum that relies on ticket and shop sales to keep its doors open. Grants and donations allow us to undertake significant research, conservation and education projects.
Here in Laos, public cultural institutions and academia are in their infancy. The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre was founded to promote understanding of Laos’ ethnic diversity and advocate for the survival and transmission of its cultural traditions. Now is a critical time, as Laos undergoes rapid modernisation and economic development.
Your donation will contribute to our efforts to safeguard the cultural heritage of Laos. Any amount is greatly valued and will help!
Please see below for activities that are in need of support, and how to donate:
Village Fund and Livelihoods Development
Support vulnerable communities through the provision of school supplies, microfinance and training for handicraft producers.
TAEC believes in supporting not just cultural traditions, but sustainable livelihoods for rural ethnic minorities. When TAEC visits communities for research, we not only ask questions about culture, but about village income levels, development issues and education.
Ethnic Youth Internships and Community Education
Create opportunities for young people to learn more about the cultural heritage of their own country.
TAEC’s education team visits local primary schools to teach youngsters about cultural diversity and hosts tours and activities for groups of children and older students from the Children’s Cultural Centre, Teacher’s Training College, and nearby schools. TAEC also has an Ethnic Youth Internship programme, giving young people from ethnic minority communities the chance to gain work experience and represent their culture.
Collections and Research
Ensure that precious cultural artefacts and traditional knowledge are preserved for future generations.
TAEC’s collection currently consists of over 400 objects representing 30 different ethnic groups, many of which are now difficult to find in communities. The antique trade has meant that many important cultural artefacts have left the country. TAEC aims to document and preserve artefacts for future generations, with the hope that pieces can be repatriated to communities in the future. As a museum representing living cultures, TAEC also supports research to document the intangible cultural heritage of the country’s ethnic groups, examining traditions, beliefs and material culture in the face of rapidly changing lifestyles.
General Purpose and Priority Projects
If you are happy to leave the decision to us, we will ensure that your donation goes to where it is most needed.
Specific Projects Currently in Need of Funding:
- A major research and exhibition project on the diversity of traditional and contemporary basket weaving practised throughout Laos. The exhibition will be hosted at TAEC then toured through other museums in Laos and the region. Total project budget: US$30,000.
- Production and publication of a book based on TAEC’s collection, research and exhibitions entitled “Ethnic Cultures and Traditions of Lao PDR”. This book will be sold at the TAEC Museum Shop and through museums, bookshops and universities worldwide. Total project budget: $15,000.
How to Donate
TAEC is affiliated with the Luang Prabang Fund for Culture and Conservation, an American 501(c)3 non-profit organisation. Donations made to TAEC through the LPFCC are tax deductible in the US.
Please visit their website, www.lpfund.com, to learn more, or mail a check made out to the “Luang Prabang Fund for Culture and Conservation” with TAEC in the “subject” or “for” line to:
4975 Walnut Walk
Dayton, OH 45429
You will receive a letter confirming your donation for your tax records. The LPFCC is currently setting up a PayPal account to make it even easier to donate. We will update these details as soon as possible.
Please note that international electronic funds transfers can incur fees, which may affect the donation amount. Please speak to your bank about this.
To transfer directly into TAEC’s Lao bank account, please wire funds to:
|Beneficiary Account Name:||TAEC Foundation LPB|
|US Dollar Account Number:||050-11-0100237483001|
|Beneficiary Bank:||Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao, Luang Prabang Branch, Lao PDR|
|Beneficiary Bank’s Address:||Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao
Luang Prabang Branch
PO Box 534
Treasury Services Dept: +856.21.241327
|Intermediary bank details:||Standard Charter Bank, Singapore|