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

2017 Project

This year, we request your financial assistance to professionally conserve a rare stone Coptic icon from Ethiopia. The shrine’s doors have fallen off, and several pieces of the main box are being temporarily held together.  Due to its condition, it must be permanently stabilized before it can be included in an upcoming exhibit focusing on world religions.

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.