Our Purpose


The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) is a research and outreach organisation that works to promote the study and research of art crime and cultural heritage protection. The Association seeks to identify emerging and under-examined trends related to this field of study as well as to develop strategies to advocate for the responsible stewardship of our collective artistic and archaeological heritage.

ARCA advances its mission through its educational programming, research, publications, capacity building, and public outreach. As an interdisciplinary group, ARCA works with scholars and allied professionals in the fields of law, criminal justice, security, museum studies, art history, archeology, and cultural resource management at the national and international level in order to foster an exchange of knowledge and the advancement of this specialised field.

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