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.


In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”

Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents the work of video artist and activist Jenny Drumgoole, the fifth program in the “Schmart World” series.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cora Mirikitani is the president and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation, a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.

Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is is a natural history museum dedicated to providing free public education in science.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).

Grants & Grantees

The staff and board members of Wyck worked with a marketing firm to develop a new marketing plan and brand identity, in order to attract potential audiences.

Grants & Grantees

Megawords (run by Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, both Pew Fellows) is self-described as “an experimental media project” that takes the form of a biannual photography magazine, as well as related installation projects and public events.

For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Malik Gaines is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. He is curator at large at LAXART and a member of the performance art collective My Barbarian.