The proposed amendments to 31 C.F.R. Part 515 will eliminate many people-to-people educational exchanges to
“We oppose these changes because they eliminate important cultural and educational exchanges between the American and Cuban people,” said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. “As a result, direct contact between
NFTC noted in its letter that some of the United States’ most prestigious cultural institutions are currently licensed to conduct 515.565 educational programs in Cuba – all of which stand to be eliminated if the proposed OFAC regulations are adopted – including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City New York, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Folk Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In addition, the new regulations would deny licenses to companies that specialize in organizing foreign educational travel programs designed to export American values and institutions. These companies include the Ambassador Group, founded in the Eisenhower Administration to promote people-to-people programs abroad.
“The members of these cultural institutions include Americans who are most likely to present a favorable view of our country to Cubans,” Reinsch concluded. “The
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