Let's Talk About That: Dialogue and Change in Collections Care


Event details



January 10, 2022 - 2:00pm to January 11, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

January 24, 2022 - 2:00pm to January 25, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

February 7, 2022 - 2:00pm to February 8, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

February 28, 2022 - 2:00pm to March 1, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

March 14, 2022 - 2:00pm to March 15, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

Cost: $50/session (webinar and discussion)

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts with generous grant support from the William Penn Foundation, Independence Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A white speech bubble pops out against a slate gray background. Inside the bubble, bold orange letters read "Let's Talk About That", followed by the subheader "Dialogue and Change in Collections Care" in black. To the left of the speech bubble white text reads "A Six-Part Series: December 6-7, January 10-11, January 24-25, February 7-8, February 28-March 1, March 14-15"

Be a part of the conversation! Join the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts for our upcoming six-part series: Let's Talk About That: Dialogue and Change in Collections Care.

In March of 2021, CCAHA held its first major event focused exclusively on topics of diversity and equity in the collections care field. Nearly 300 panelists and attendees gathered virtually for the "Many Voices: Diversity in Collections Care" colloquium, highlighting some of the most pressing issues in the field. By the end of the two-day event, two major conclusions emerged: first, that there is much more work to be done. And second, that there is a robust and energized community ready to take it on.

And it's no wonder: As cultural institutions across the world reckon with the events of the past year, confronting - often for the first time - how these issues of equity and access have impacted their own communities, the resulting institutional dialogues have often been reserved only for those in leadership or public-facing roles. Collections care professionals, and others in similarly "behind-the-scenes" roles, are frequently left out of these conversations, despite the tremendous impact of their work in documenting and preserving the world's cultural heritage. The community remains eager and excited to do the work, but without a clear path forward to do so.

This series aims to combine this eagerness with incredible work already being done in the field to begin building a DEIA infrastructure within collections care that can be sustainable beyond this moment in history. The goal is not to present a definitive guidebook on these topics, but rather to build this guide together as a community. Each session will focus on a different issue facing the field and will be comprised of two components: a traditional webinar with a speaker highlighting their own observations in the field, and, the following day, a community dialogue led by facilitator, Sarah Pharaon. As each topic is discussed and processed together, key takeaways will be compiled and used to build a publicly-available resource document to serve as a toolkit for individuals looking to begin or expand this work at their own organizations. 

Join us for the following sessions in this series:

Setting the Stage: Understanding Each Other’s Different Functions and GoalsHeather Hendry (she/her), Senior Paper Conservator, CCAHA and Alessandro Pezzati, Senior Archivist, Penn Museum 

December 6 and 7, 2021 at 2pm ET

Considering Consumption, Joanna Hurd (she/her), Mellon Paper Conservation Fellow, CCAHA

January 10 and 11, 2022 at 2pm ET

Pronouns at WUDPAC: Effecting Change Between Stakeholders, a Case StudyMargalit Schindler (they/them), WUDPAC Preventive Conservation Fellow and Dr. Joelle Wickens (she/her), Assistant Professor of Preventive Conservation, and Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Associate Director, University of Delaware

January 24 and 25, 2022 at 2pm ET

Rarely Either/Or: Advocacy from Internal and External Sources, Natalya Swanson (she/her), Heritage Conservator and Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Brooklyn Museum and Anisha Gupta (she/her), Doctoral Student and Co-Chair of American Institute for Conservation and Foundation for Advancement in Conservation) 

February 7 and 8, 2022 at 2pm ET

Objectivity versus Subjectivity in DescriptionKara Vetter, Director of Cultural Resources, Museum of Us

February 28 and March 1, 2022 at 2pm ET

Caring for Collections and Community, Speaker TBA

March 14 and 15, 2022 at 2pm ET


Upon registration, you will be asked to indicate which session(s) you would like to attend. Please note that each session in this series includes two components: a presentation/Q&A with the speaker followed the next day by a group discussion. 

Registration will remain open for the duration of the series, so you may return to this page at any time to register for an upcoming session. However, there are a limited number of seats available for this series and registration for a session may close early if it reaches capacity. Registering early is encouraged to reserve your spot, and a 10% registration discount will be applied for anyone who chooses to register now for all six sessions.  

There are also a limited number of scholarships available for this program, which will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in a scholarship, please reach out directly to CCAHA's Preservation Services Coordinator, Alanna Shaffer, at ashaffer@ccaha.org.