2019 Workshop : Standing left to right: Rebecca Waters, Maria Heredia, Kennelyn Deloach, Kyler Brahmer, Aubrey Beam, Beverly Tandjung, Higino Angel Zarate Abrajano, Ashley Rhyne, Sienna Thomas, Daniella B. Villamil, Victoria Chubb. Seated left to right: Saúl Quintero, Cindy Moreno, Pearly Lee, Mika Sakai, Jenna Song, Elise Liburn, Monzerrath Alarcon.

Welcome to the Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation! The UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage has received two generous grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help address underrepresentation in the study and practice of conservation. The first grant supported a four-year pilot program (2017-2020) and building on the successes of the pilot, phase two (2020-2023) is underway!

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic 2015 Survey notes “that diverse educational pipelines into curatorial, conservation, and other art museum careers are going to be critical if art museums wish to have truly diverse staff and inclusive cultures.” While one of the key findings in a follow up 2018 Survey notes, “Among intellectual leadership positions, education and curatorial departments have grown more diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, while conservation and museum leadership have not changed.”

This program strives to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to conservation as a profession, to build necessary skills through funded, hands-on workshops and internships, and to foster long-term support through mentoring.


Are you interested in preserving art and cultural heritage? Come learn about conservation and this upcoming unique and exciting summer program! The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation is a program that introduces students and recent graduates from historically underrepresented communities to the field of cultural heritage conservation, a field that engages with both artistic and scientific understanding of materials and their meanings.

Applications are due Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m. PST.

Application forms are available: https://mellondiversityconservation.org/application/

We will be hosting virtual 45-minute information and Q&A sessions. Bring your curiosity and questions and come learn about this opportunity. Follow the links below to register for one of the dates. We look forward to seeing you!

When: Monday, January 10, 2022, 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

When: Monday, January 24, 2022, 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

When: Friday, February 4, 2022, 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) https://ucla.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdeuvrDwjE9FgnF1yYOOodHTtUSthOZD

When: Friday, February 18, 2022, 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  https://ucla.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUocOChqTIpE9fer_FCED7pOB_UvLVfqoa6

Jaclyn Roessel, Grownup Navajo, https://www.jaclynroessel.com/, 2018 workshop

Contact us

For more information, please contact consdivinfo@ucla.edu

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