The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced today that the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is one of eight Philadelphia-area arts and culture organizations to receive a 2012 Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative (PCMI) grant. The PCMI grants total over $831,000 and provide valuable resources for organizations from a wide variety of fields to achieve greater organizational dynamism and adaptability.
CCAHA will receive a $143,900 Catalyst Grant to launch a new initiative, Pennsylvania’s 10 Most Endangered Artifacts, which will offer Pennsylvania institutions the opportunity to nominate objects in need of conservation, 10 of which will be chosen and presented online so that the public can vote for a favorite. Through development of an online fundraising program, voters will also be able to make contributions to fund conservation of the artifacts. CCAHA anticipates that this fundraising platform will become a permanent service for assisting collecting institutions with micro-funding initiatives.
“Pennsylvania’s 10 Most Endangered Artifacts will create a first-time community space for CCAHA to directly interact with the general public and collecting institutions,” said CCAHA Executive Director Ingrid E. Bogel. “We are thrilled to be able to provide Pennsylvania’s institutions with a new fundraising avenue while at the same time raising awareness of the state’s most noteworthy artifacts.”
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the five-county, Southeastern Pennsylvania region. Established in 2005, the Center houses seven funding Initiatives of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and through them supports area artists and arts and heritage organizations whose work is distinguished by excellence, imagination, and courage. Each year, the Center’s grants make possible more than 800 performances in dance, music, and theater as well as history and visual arts exhibitions, and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.pcah.us.
Located in Philadelphia, CCAHA is the country’s largest nonprofit conservation facility serving cultural, research, and educational institutions, as well as individuals and private organizations. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage. It specializes in the treatment of works of art and artifacts on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, along with related materials like parchment and papyrus. CCAHA also offers digital imaging services, on-site consultations, educational programs and seminars, and emergency conservation services. To find out more, visit www.ccaha.org.
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