Background

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) entered into a three-year cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2020 to conduct the “Held in Trust” project. The project will consider the current state, future directions, challenges, opportunities, and resource needs for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in the U.S. “Held in Trust” will examine the intersection of cultural heritage preservation with issues of urgent importance in the world today which affect the cultural landscape, including sustainability, social and racial justice, equity and diversity, climate change, and environmental resource preservation.

The work will align with the overall goals of A More Perfect Union, NEH’s vision for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The outcomes of the project, expected in 2023, will guide work through to 2026 and following the semiquincentennial.

Our Role

Sarah Sutton sits on the Held In Trust Steering Committee providing subject matter expertise on Climate Change and Environmental Impact.