The Monuments Conservancy's 22nd Annual Symposium

  • 23 Mar 2012
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Time & Life Building, New York, NY
On Friday March 23, The Monuments Conservancy will present its 22nd Annual Symposium at the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center. This year's Symposium is organized in two sections, each focusing on a program that illuminates the human characteristics of caring and empathy at the community level. The morning session will focus on The Boy Scouts of America’s Scouts with Disabilities Program, which has been a part of the organization since its founding in 1910. 

The afternoon session will be devoted to the High School for Preservation Arts Program at the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design, the first of its kind in the United States. Designed by curriculum specialists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Building Knowledge, the program combines academics with a hands-on approach, training students in the preservation arts and professions such as stone carving, stained glass, woodworking, conservation, architecture, city planning, and engineering. Students view subjects through the lens of historic preservation, focusing on a specific historic structure or artifact, to study the elements of its creation, preservation, and interpretation. 

A major piece of this unique project is its cooperative efforts with local industry partners to obtain internships for the students, allowing these beginners to get practical experience in their chosen field. Founders, faculty, and students will present the four-year curriculum, the goal of which is to educate, inspire, and further qualify students to go onto higher education in historic preservation or to begin an artisan apprenticeship within the preservation industry. 
Afternoon Session
KATE BURNS OTTAVINO, "Creating a High School Curriculum for the Preservation Arts and Technology"
Prof. Assoc. AIC, AIA; Partner, A. Ottavino Corporation, New York City, Director of  Preservation Technology, NJIT/Center for Building Knowledge, Newark, NJ. A practicing conservator for more than 30 years and third generation partner in her family’s stoneworks, she was the driving force in developing the curriculum at the Williamsburg High School. She will present the program's inception, its methodology for teaching the academic subjects (math, science, English, history), the preservation arts and technology courses, and the importance of its internship component.
BONNIE BURNHAM, "Preserving Community Traditions in Context"    
President and CEO, World Monuments Fund. She will discuss the proven and effective techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the world. 

ANDREW FERRELL, "Technology Serving the Future of America’s Heritage"
Chief, Architecture and Engineering, National Center for Preservation Technology and training in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He will describe the types of innovative research and technology development projects the PTT seeks to fund.  

GILL CORNELL, "The Preservation Arts Training Program and Its Internships"
Principal, Williamsburg High School with EMILY WILSON, the Program Coordinator and STUDENTS, Williamsburg High School for Art and Design. They will present how the four-year curriculum and the internships are now being implemented at the WHSAD.

Friday March 23, 8:30am–5:00pm
Time & Life Building
Henry Luce Room, 2nd floor
1271 Sixth Avenue (at 50th Street)
Event is free and open to the public. 
To reserve a seat call 212-764-5645 x10 or email 
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