Philadelphia Stewardship Program Track 6: Create a Project

Through Track 6 of the Philadelphia Stewardship Program, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is offering expertise and assistance to museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions with a project of their choosing, related to preservation. Often, institutional needs do not fit nicely into the traditional Tracks used by the Philadelphia Stewardship Program. In Track 6, participants will have an opportunity to develop their own preservation-related assessment or planning project not otherwise described in Tracks 1-5. Example projects could include:

  • A space planning project to evaluate available spaces’ suitability for collections storage, exhibition, or use;
  • A collections move plan to ensure that materials are transported safely and systematically during or after renovations;
  • An on-site, custom, staff training session with CCAHA staff on handling;
  • A formal board presentation, with a CCAHA staff member delivering a presentation on preservation findings and recommendations from a previously completed Track at a board meeting; or
  • A hybrid of two traditional Tracks, such as undertaking a preservation needs assessment and development of a preservation plan in the same process; 

Institutions interested in applying for Track 6 should consider consulting with CCAHA staff before submitting an application.

Participants in Track 6 of CCAHA’s Philadelphia Stewardship Program are eligible to receive a free 1-2 hour consultation with CCAHA’s Director of Development specifically about development, resource allocation, and fundraising to implement preservation strategies.

Criteria for Participation

To be considered for participation in Track 6 of CCAHA's Philadelphia Stewardship Program, an organization must be located within the counties of Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia, and have a historic collection available to the public.  

The program requires a commitment throughout the rest of 2022. A staff member must be identified who will work with the CCAHA consultant. Preference will be given to organizations that: 

  • have collections that are unique or of significant historical or artifactual value; and
  • demonstrate a willingness to develop and maintain a preservation program.

Application Process

Applications for the Philadelphia Stewardship Program are currently closed.

Established in 1977, the mission of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage. CCAHA is a non-profit conservation laboratory serving other non-profit cultural, educational, and research institutions, as well as private individuals and organizations.  CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and historic artifacts on paper. It also offers on-site consultation services; educational programs and seminars; internships, fellowships, and apprenticeships; and emergency conservation assistance.

The Philadelphia Stewardship Program is funded by the William Penn Foundation which strives to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature and community. In partnership with others, the William Penn Foundations works to advance a vital, just, and caring community.