The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

1/3: George Washington, the central figure to Philadelphia Cornucopia, a mixed media environment created in 1982 by Red Grooms. Photo by Judy Dion for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
2/3: Front of a needlework table setting from the late 1800s. Photo courtesy of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA.
3/3: ANSP Archives Coll. 779 © J. D. Weintraub/ANSP Entomology.

The Conservation Center for Arts & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is one of the country’s largest non-profit conservation labs. The organization specializes in the conservation of art and artifacts on paper: from ancient manuscripts to modern photographs and the spiral-bound notebook with Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics to “Born to Run.” CCAHA also train organizations and private individuals on the proper care of artifacts. Beyond its technical expertise, CCAHA is also a leader in innovative business development, helping other organizations find funding for conservation projects and providing assistance in grant writing and major gifts support. A recent grant from the Center allowed CCAHA to implement a Kickstarter-like fundraising platform, which will aid organizations in using the Internet and social media to conserve their greatest treasures.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Saxophonist, arranger, and composer Tim Ries has worked with many greats, including Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Maynard Ferguson, and Paul Simon.

In December 2012, the Center welcomed Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, who introduced the findings of a new report, “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies.”

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America.

The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society presented three traditional Beijing operas, two dramas and a love story, featuring three leading performing artists from China.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sara Kellner is the principal of Kellner Consulting, which focuses on the arts, including organizational and creative planning, public art, and fund development.

Grants & Grantees

In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Distinguished scholar, writer and curator Helen Molesworth is chief curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents artist talks from Jeanine Oleson and Jaimie Warren, the fourth program in the “Schmart World” series.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer who has crafted and performed choreographic works in New York City and abroad.

On March 23, 2012, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage hosted Alan Brown of WolfBrown, and Brad Erickson and Clayton Lord of Theatre Bay Area, for an event that presented an important national study on the “intrinsic impact” and value of the arts.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”