the earliest times that humans gathered in social groups, the seeds
of culture have taken root and continue to flourish today. Every
manifestation of human culture, whether in the arts, sciences or
religions, has an origin that is both comprehensible and of meaning
to all mankind.
Culture is inseparable from the social experience of men. No artist,
scientist or religious scholar has produced or created his or her
work outside of a specific cultural influence and environment. At
the same time, all such human efforts have the potential to change
the cultures in which they arise, as culture reflects the ongoing
evolution of life.
The mission of Provenance Center is to serve as a public forum in
which all dimensions of culture can be examined through the lens
of artistic expression. Our vision is that with a clearer understanding
of the cultural foundation and origins of the human experience,
that which we share will prevail over that which keeps us apart.
a forum for the exploration of cultural origins, Provenance Center
seeks to reveal what makes each cultural perspective unique and
to foster an improved understanding of what is shared by all cultural
perspectives through cultural competence and communication programs
the diversity of cultures and their expression varies greatly across
the world, there is no form of cultural expression that is so different
or unique that it cannot be understood by all other human groups.
Thus, that which constitutes the origin and foundation of all cultural
expression is part of the collective experience of mankind.