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The Foundation's long-term goal is to establish the following programs.

School Programs:

The Foundation, through its personnel and volunteers, will prepare and publish a curriculum program aimed at introducing Canadian school children, from grades 6 to 12, to the great art collections in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and chronicling the rich history of The State Hermitage Museum from Catherine the Great to the present day. The Foundation, through its personnel and volunteers, will train school educators on presentation of the curriculum program to Canadian school children and will be available to directly make presentations to Canadian schools.

Understanding the Uses and Benefits of Canadian Salt Cavern

Predominantly, nature has given its best in providing the treatment for human illnesses. One of those is the Canadian salt cavern. The first proven to treat illnesses and other ailments are found in Himalayan Mountains and Europe. The salt rooms or caves are man-made attempts for simulating the micro-climate given by Halotherapy or Speleotherapy. In such salt caves, the adequate temperature for salt and humidity combined is assisting clients and tourists to treat the lungs and other illnesses through the use of salt and other minerals.

What is Speleotherapy?

Speleotherapy refers to a treatment method that utilizes the micro-climate in some areas under the Earth surface to normalize the temperature. The mineral halite is used in this method and derived from the evaporated seas and lakes. Unrefined rock salt, interestingly, offers varying concentrations of other mineral sales like sulfates, manganese, and magnesium. It is said that the salt mine micro-climate offers stable humidity, air temperature, and lack of the airborne pollutants such as pollens. The air pressure depth is higher than the above ground, which has been found beneficial to people who suffer respiratory ailments like asthma.

Healing Powers of Canadian Salt Caverns

The first salt caverns were primarily evident in Eastern Europe during the 19th century. Now, the famous salt caves reached Canada having artificial salt mines for healing respiratory ailments. Inside the salt caves, the clients will sit in the regulated microclimate of salty, dry air for an hour. This session should be done up to three times each week for two months. Salt caves sessions are up to $60. The clients will inhale the salt particles that are said by many to clear up the mucus nasal passages, combat bacterial infections, and lessen lung inflammation.

Healing Benefits from Salt

Salt is actually excellent in terms of conducting negative ions (anions). The anions are known to establish balance between the adrenal and insulin functions of the autonomic nervous system. Some of the healing benefits to acquire from salt are:

Exchange Program:

The Foundation, as part of its own activities, will establish three grant programs:

The Foundation, through its personnel, will directly administer the grant program, including choosing acceptable candidates based on high academic marks and the recommendation of the department head of their school, in the case of students, and international credentials and the recommendation of their museum, in the case of museum art historians. The grant is intended to cover travel costs of the students or art historians with a maximum of $2,500 per grant.

Loans and Exhibition Program:

The Foundation will, as part of its own activities, pay up to fifty percent (50%) of the cost of transporting Canadian works of art to The State Hermitage Museum, and Russian works of art to Canadian museums, so that these art exhibits may be studied by, respectively, by Russians and Canadians. The Foundation, through its personnel, will determine which Canadian museums will receive art exhibits from The State Hermitage Museum based on the museum being a recognized Canadian museum of art history, a member of the Canadian Museum Association, and having curatorial qualifications which are internationally recognized.

Museum Technology Program:

The Foundation will engage in the development of research relating primarily to the advancement of art preservation techniques, and secondarily to creating new technology for art protection systems.

Please contact the Foundation to receive information about the status of these programs.


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