Conservation Fund

Conservation Fund

Save Our Hide Conservation Fund

The Save Our Hide Conservation Fund was established in 2008 to allow donations to be set aside to complete conservation work on important artifacts in the Museum’s collection. The Museum has identified more than 100 objects in its collection that are in need of professional preservation and conservation; however, this work is extremely expensive and often falls by the wayside due to financial constraints. Conservation efforts supported by this fund restore objects to their former glory so they can be placed on exhibit, furthering the Museum’s mission to provide opportunities for intercultural learning.

MOA StorageContributions to the Conservation Fund have been used to support the following projects:

  • Conservation of a mid-19th century Comanche painted hide
  • Conservation of a Yan ka di puppet, a ceremonial object from Mali
  • Purchase of appropriate materials to create a state of the art storage environment for the entire collection
  • Conservation of a pair of Barong Sai masks from Bali
  • Conservation of a Pima ceramic cup
  • Conservation of a Yoruba house of the head, or ile ori
  • Conservation of a stone Coptic icon from Ethiopia

2018 Project

This year, we request your financial assistance for a project that will benefit our entire collection.  Our off-site collections storage facility is nearly at capacity.  It is urgent that we put a sustainable plan into effect that will increase our storage space in order to provide the best care for our artifacts.  The most practical and comprehensive way to do this is to construct a mezzanine level within our facility.  Through this undertaking, the Museum would be able to considerably increase our capacity and continue to accept donations of high-quality ethnographic art, archaeological artifacts, and global material culture from our diverse and committed supporters.

Please contact Assistant Director Sara Cromwell at 336.758.5282 or to learn how to donate.  Donations to the Conservation Fund are fully tax-deductible.