Caitlin Mahony is a conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian. She focuses on advancing shared stewardship initiatives, and has particular interests in caring for basketry, items made of hide, contemporary art, and outdoor sculptures. She serves on the advisory board for the Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation and on the board of directors for the Washington Conservation Guild. Previously, she was an Assistant Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an MA from the UCLA/Getty Program for the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, and a BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College.
How do two institutions work in partnership across borders and time zones to care for cultural items? More than 25 years ago, the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre (MDCC) in Nova Scotia and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian began a partnership that continues today.