Held in Trust Project Updates
Stay up-to-date with information about Held in Trust project milestones, events, and resources, below.
Full Report Now Available
The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) released the full Held in Trust: Transforming Cultural Heritage Conservation for a More Resilient Future report on June 21, 2023. Growing out of a four-year collaboration between FAIC and NEH, the report articulates a vision of a vibrant and resilient future for conservation grounded in social justice, equity, and environmental action, in which communities, conservators, and diverse audiences work together to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the United States. This work is of vital importance for the field and the public as the preservation of cultural heritage is indispensable to fostering a society where all of humanity is valued and thrives.
Climate Resilience Resources for Cultural Heritage
As a first outcome of Held in Trust, FAIC is working to develop resiliency tools to help institutions prepare for the effects of the climate crisis. The Climate Resilience Resources project will result in an interactive climate risk map, learning modules, and communities of practice to help cultural institutions and heritage sites prepare for and mitigate climate-related environmental hazards.
The Resources are tailored for cultural heritage stewards and communities, sites, and organizations of all sizes and locations in the US and its Territories. This project will allow cultural heritage sites to increase their awareness of climate risk and events, develop the knowledge and skills needed to take steps to climate resilience including creation of a climate resilience plan, and provide the tools needed (in English and Spanish) for establishing collective learning groups and guide community action.
Areas of Study Summaries
Each of the areas of study
is discussed in full in the final report, and summary reports are now available.
We thank everyone who joined us for the National Convening
on April 28, 2023, to celebrate the culmination of Held in Trust
! The Convening took place in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress. The full program was livestreamed via the our YouTube channel and can be watched any time.
Climate Resilience Resources for Cultural Heritage, a further cooperative agreement under Held in Trust with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will result in an interactive climate risk map, learning modules, and communities of practice to help cultural institutions and heritage sites prepare for and mitigate climate-related environmental hazards.
You can also engage in discussion about project topics and outcomes on the Held in Trust Discussion Forum
, which is open to everyone. Join the Forum to get insights on areas of study, methodology, and more!
If you have questions about the project, or would like to get involved, you can reach out to Held in Trust
project team members by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org