The Sharing History, Art, Research and Education (SHARE) initiative is an alliance between the Costas and Rita Severis Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Turkish Cypriot University Women's Association, and the NGO Support Center. The goal of this alliance is to provide a common platform for the exploration of the island's cultural heritage through visual and creative arts and through this increase the potential for peaceful coexistence in Cyprus. The partners hope that SHARE will serve as a model for promoting and expanding bicommunal activity via local people and communities, local private sector business, non-governmental organizations and leading local and international academic institutions. As a tangible example of cooperation, SHARE will serve as a lasting legacy for the people of Cyprus, exhibiting their shared cultural heritage and providing a vehicle for future partnerships and a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem.
To meet its objectives, SHARE will help implement a program of reconciliation activities and contribute to the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR). The Centre is owned and operated by the Costas and Rita Severis Foundation and will serve as a hub for the activities of SHARE. CVAR will house a library, collections of paintings, antique costumes, and memorabilia related to Cyprus, and host exhibitions, events, workshops and talks designed to help Cypriots appreciate their multicultural past and work towards a bright, multicultural future. SHARE will utilize the Centre, as well as the venues and collections of its various partners, to ensure that it reaches out to Cypriots throughout Cyprus.