I am project director of Untold Stories, a non-profit organization generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that pursues an art conservation profession that represents and preserves a fuller spectrum of human cultural heritage. Untold Stories primarily develops events at the annual meeting of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the main professional organization of art conservators in the United States. The mission of Untold Stories is three-fold:
- To expand the existing ethical framework for art conservation by engaging new voices and hearing new stories that transform our understanding of the preservation of cultural heritage
- To recognize and conserve a broader range of cultural heritages and embrace a more diverse set of conservation practices and practitioners
- To affirm the deep emotional connection between objects and sites of cultural heritage and the communities that claim them.