A new $900,000 grant will extend project to increase numbers of conservation professionals from diverse backgrounds.
Ellen Pearlstein, a professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, will continue to lead a program created to increase diversity within the field of cultural heritage conservation with a new grant of $900,000 from the Mellon Foundation. The funds will extend the program – which was piloted by Mellon in 2016 with $450,000 – for another five years.
Pearlstein, who is a founding faculty member of the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, serves as principal investigator for the project, which encompasses not only University of California and Cal State University campuses but also institutions with large populations of underrepresented students, including the Institute for Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
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