Distance learning introduction to practical conservation (DIP-C2021)
In the summer of 2021, we held a two-week intensive distance learning introduction to practical conservation (DIP-C2021). This program was organized and facilitated by Professor Nina Owczarek, University of Delaware, Dr. Caryl McFarlane, and Dr. Jontyle Robinson of Tuskegee University. In addition, Julianna Ly, Assistant Conservator of Paintings, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, joined the team as an Assistant instructor. Professor Michele Marincola, and Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professors of Conservation and incoming Chair of the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, also contributed.
Introducing students to conservation as a profession along with its ethical principles was our primary aim. Both the 2020 and 2021 programs were conducted via distance learning due to the pandemic. In both programs, we focused on developing an understanding of the broad preventive concepts and developing students’ critical thinking related to conservation issues. Through readings (assigned and optional), we introduced students to and helped them develop their understanding of conservation literature and resources. A practical component also showed students how to apply their hand skills to an artifact as a means for helping to prepare students for introductory conservation internships. The 2021 program was centered around the theme Mitigating Natural and Man-Made Disasters and Mistakes: Emergency-Response, Equity, Efficiency, Efficacy, Excellence as imagined by Dr. Jontyle Robinson.
Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Fisk Museum Leadership Program
The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries’ partnership with the Fisk Museum Leadership Program consisted of four modules to educate HBCU student participants on the functionality of museum operations in museum education, museum development, art conservation, and museum curation.
Funded by the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Conservation and Collections Management Modules- December 2020
Student participants partook in a two-week intensive virtual learning module on museum collections and management and art conservation from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art faculty.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum- Museum Education Module- January 2021
Fellow HBCU student participants took part in a virtual learning experience with faculty from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum staff and civic organizations to learn about museum community engagement and museum education.
Princeton University Art Museum- Curatorial Module- January 2021
Fellow HBCU students learned about museum curation in a weeklong virtual learning intensive through webinars on museum curation provided by faculty at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Fisk University- Development Module- June 2021
Students participated in a weeklong virtual learning intensive to learn about fundraising and development required to support museums through webinars led by museum faculty and other civic organizations.