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My friend has cooked up a reparations scheme for Iraqi culture.

Send art to Iraq! Iraq’s museums have been looted, its public art destroyed, and its cultural heritage decimated. But if you are like me, you have more art than you know what to do with - so here is something to do with all that extra art! The Iraqis have lost their art, and we have a surplus, so now is the time to send your art to ex-General Jay Garner, the new American ruler of occupied Iraq.

Here is where to send your art:

Art for Iraq
Attn: General Jay Garner (Ret.)
CENTCOM Operation Iraqi Freedom APO AE 09898-9998
DOHA QA
Qatar

Please note that the post office will probably have you fill out the (very simple) customs form 2976 or 2976A, which has a space for an alternate addressee if your mail is not deliverable for some reason (and you don’t want it returned). You may want to designate the National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20506, or another appropriate recipient. If you want more information on shipping, please see the websites of the US Postal Service (http://www.usps.com) or the Military Postal Service Agency (http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa).

Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested, and get that artwork moving!

Now that’s culture in action!

- Ella Delaney [Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003]

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