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UCLA/Getty undergraduate opportunity for diversity in conservation of cultural materials

The UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help increase diversity in the study and practice of conservation of art and cultural collections.[1] Conservation is a field dedicated to the preservation, examination, research, and treatment of cultural property (including paintings, works on paper, books, objects, textiles, buildings, etc.). Graduates work in museums, libraries, universities and for private clients. This grant supports outreach and summer opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in cultural materials and are underrepresented in conservation, and typically come from fields such as studio art, art history, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and physical and materials sciences.

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The program is available to the first set of students during the summers 2018 and 2019, and to the second set of students during the summers 2019 and 2020. The program includes: 

–       A fully funded, week-long summer workshop in Los Angeles for 15 students, designed to introduce participants to conservation and other collections work through tours, activities, and presentations at the Getty Villa and regional museums. Students will be transported to UCLA, and stay in student residences with housing, transportation and meals included. First workshop: July 9-14 2018

–       Students completing the workshop may apply for one of 6 fully funded, 10-week summer internships the following summer at a conservation laboratory. Transportation and stipends will be provided.

–       Mentoring for those students interested in pursuing a career in conservation and collections

Applications for the first workshop are due in March 2018

We are currently reaching out to university and museum leaders and professors like yourself, in hopes that you can help share information regarding this opportunity with your students. If you agree, we will send you application details and a full size version of the attached posters. Our outreach schedule of visits to schools includes IAIA in Santa Fe NM (9/18); Ft. Lewis College in Durango CO (10/16); U of AZ in Tuscon AZ (10/23), plus schools in California, and, if you are interested, we will perhaps also visit your school/workplace/museum!.

If you would like to be included in our outreach and/or would like us to come to your class or school for a presentation, please let us know and we will contact you with detailed information. Also, if you know of promising students, other colleagues, or student organizations that would be interested in participating in outreach on your campus, please let us know.

Please keep checking our website, http://conservation.ucla.edu/Mellon_diversity_opportunity for updates.

Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact either Laleña or Ellen with questions

[1] The majority of conservators in art museums nationwide are non-Hispanic white.

Laleña Arenas Vellanoweth

Conservator

Program Manager

Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials

 

Ellen Pearlstein

Professor

UCLA Information Studies

230 GSEIS

Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials

A 410 Fowler

Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

epearl@ucla.edu

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