Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

Diversity group photo in 2019

2019 Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation Participants

UCLA has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation intended to help increase diversity in the study and practice of conservation of cultural collections. The grant will support a four-year pilot program designed to provide materials and a means for outreach to undergraduate students from fields such as studio art, art history, archaeology, anthropology, and physical sciences who are presently underrepresented in conservation, to develop workshops for interested students, and to fund undergraduate internships at museum conservation laboratories. Mentoring is another significant part of the program.

Up to fifteen students will participate in weeklong workshops, offered in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Workshops designed to introduce students to the conservation field will include a combination of theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and visits to museums and conservation labs in the greater Los Angeles area. Selected workshop participants will be offered internships in the summers of 2019 and 2020. The internships will provide an intensive practical conservation experience, required for application to graduate study in conservation.

Project leaders include grant PI Professor Ellen Pearlstein, UCLA Information Studies and UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, and Program Manager and Conservator, Bianca Garcia.

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Bianca Garcia
Program Manager
Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation