What are Angel Projects?
Angels Projects refer to volunteer conservation projects organized and led by conservation professionals, usually in partnership with a host institution or repository. The purpose of the project is to provide collections in need of conservation services with exposure to conservators interested in contributing their expertise. Projects may include preventive conservation activities such as rehousing, inventories and surveys, and remedial conservation treatment.
These types of projects present the unique opportunity for a conservation professional to advise
and train staff members from the host institutions, and to promote further
the values and ethics in conservation. - AIC
Our mission with Angel Projects
Being a conservator is truly a calling, and in that spirit, when we devote our services to projects without expecting anything other than the reassurance that these important and significant pieces of history have been safeguarded, we continue their story.
The key to a context of cultural and historical understanding remains.
Whether its fine art, architecture, music, or relics of daily life such as bills, letters or photographs; we must preserve our heritage to best inform our present, and impactfully manage our future.
ACT Art Conservation LLC is proud to be a co-founder of a San Francisco community collective, working to preserve the historical collection of
Cliff House memorabilia and art. Out mission is to keep the collection intact and accessible to the public.
We welcome you to learn more about
this project and join us in the devoted effort
to save San Francisco heritage.
On the night of November 4, 1966, the Arno river in Florence, Italy, overflowed its banks, reaching over 10 feet above street level and filling many of Florence’s historic streets, museums, churches, and libraries with mud and water.
Citizens and foreigners living in Florence took to the streets, museums, and libraries to salvage masterpieces and manuscripts from the devastation, for which they earned the title “Gli Angeli di Fango”, translated as “Mud Angels”. They preserved their pieces of history without hesitation.
These everyday citizens “rolled up their sleeves in a show of stubborn resilience, and got to work salvaging books, parchments and scrolls from the basement of the Uffizi Gallery, and later from the National Library. -New York Times
Alexandra Mitchell, trained in Florence by the original “mud angels,” honors their legacy by making sure these values are inherent in the studio’s focus, by committing her deep knowledge and training towards Angel Projects as a cornerstone of her practice.