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 supports outreach to undergraduate students and recent graduates from fields such as studio art, art history, archaeology, anthropology, and physical sciences who are presently underrepresented in conservation, workshops for interested students, and internships at museum, library and archaeological conservation laboratories. Mentoring is another significant part of the program.
Up to fifteen students will participate in weeklong workshops, offered during the summers. 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. Workshop participants are eligible to apply for conservation internships, generally in the summers following the workshop. 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; Program Manager Bianca Garcia; and Program Associate Nicole Passerotti.