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Monday, May 29 • 5:30pm - 9:30pm
A Facilitated Conversation about Inclusion and Equity in Conservation and Preservation FILLING

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This workshop will focus on the ways in which we as conservators of cultural heritage include or exclude people and their perspectives, and how we may begin to actively recognize this dynamic in order to pursue a more inclusive and equitable professional practice. Through discussions led by Chicago-based activist Nikhil Trivedi, participants will explore concepts of power and privilege and how these dynamics play out in our professional relationships, including one-on-one interactions, team situations and more broadly within our institutions and/or professional work environments.  Facilitator-led conversations will explore the ways in which race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc. influence the power dynamics in these relationships, and identify strategies for recognizing and consciously shifting these dynamics.  The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness about inclusion and equity (or lack thereof) within our field so as to effect change in our professional practice through both short-term and long-term actions.
The workshop organizers encourage participation from conservators working in all areas of the field, including museums, universities, libraries, archives and in private practice. Pizza and drinks will be provided. 

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Lisa Marie Pickens

Independent Consultant to Nonprofits, including Philanthropy
Specializing in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Research and Evaluation with an Asset Based and Participatory Approach
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Nikhil Trivedi

I'm an application developer at a museum in Chicago and a social justice activist. My activism work focuses on ending rape culture and patriarchy through my role as a volunteer educator for Rape Victim Advocates. I'm also a regular contributor at The Incluseum, co-creator of visitorsofcolor.tumblr.com... Read More →


Manju Rajendran

Facilitator, Worker-Owner, AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource + Training Alliance)
Manju Rajendran brings 27 years of local, state, regional, and national-level experience in playful facilitation, liberation education, strategy, fundraising, community organizing, communications to her work with AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance); Ready the Ground... Read More →

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Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation (ANAGPIC)

The Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAGPIC) is an organization comprising universities located in North America that offer graduate programs in the field of art conservation. Each association member's primary mission is to... Read More →
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Equity and Inclusion Working Group

AIC formed the Equity and Inclusion working group in December of 2016 to formalize AIC's commitment to the issues of equity and inclusion within the organization and the field of conservation at large.
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Suzanne Deal Booth

Suzanne Deal Booth, a philanthropist, arts advisor and collector, has long been committed to the recognition, preservation and conservation of visual arts and cultural heritage. A native of Texas, Deal Booth graduated cum laude with a degree in art history from Rice University followed... Read More →
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Tru Vue

Museum and Conservation Liaison, Tru Vue, Inc.
With over 45 years of proven protection and preservation, Tru Vue fine art acrylic and glass solutions, including Optium® Acrylic Glazing and UltraVue® Laminated Glass, are trusted by conservation and fine art professionals to protect and display the most celebrated artworks in... Read More →

Monday May 29, 2017 5:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Field Museum - Lecture Room 2