Connecting Communities Through Conservation

George L. Stout Memorial Lecture

Thursday, March 23, 2023
7 - 8:30 pm

As the ethics of the conservation field evolve, it has become increasingly important that we question what we are conserving, how, and for whom. Join Anya Dani, Director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Practice/Lecturer at the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, as she discusses her efforts to create a decolonial, community-based framework for conservation in both Okinawa, Japan, and California. If our ultimate goal is the preservation of cultural heritage, then a more expansive view of conservation is needed to best serve the needs of diverse communities.



Held each year in honor of George L. Stout, the Museum’s Director from 1955 to 1970 and a founder of modern art conservation, the Stout Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in preservation and understanding of cultural heritage.


Advance tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.


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Frank Hatch Free Day is held annually in honor of Francis "Frank" Hatch (1925-2010), longtime Gardner Museum trustee, community advocate, and supporter of the arts and culture in the city.

Free days are supported in part by the Wallace Minot Leonard Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.

Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

The Museum also receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.