Supporting Diversity In Conservation

Samantha Callanta has been awarded the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant. EverGreene’s Washington DC-based Conservation Technician Samantha Callanta has been selected to attend a fully funded, week-long summer digital workshop for 15 students designed to introduce them to conservation and other museum collections work through tours, activities, and presentations through the Getty Villa Conservation Labs and Regional Museums. Samantha is delighted to participate in this career-enhancing program.

“Truth be told, my selection for the workshop, which was (as I’m told) very competitive, has felt rather legitimizing, especially as I’m in the early stages of my career. I’m very much looking forward to the workshop as a professional development opportunity; it was welcome news in uncertain times.”

The UCLA/Getty Graduate Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials 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 will support a four-year pilot program designed to provide materials and a means for outreach to students and recent graduates who are presently underrepresented in conservation and provide support for those students as they prepare for graduate school in conservation.