Kristin Parker

Kristin Parker
Research Scholar
Cultural Heritage Preservation
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“After trying to save people’s lives, the next thing is to save people's reason for living." -Olsen Jean Julien, Haiti Recovery Project

I identify strategies that will preserve cultural heritage at risk. I'm certified as a trainer in First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) through the International Center for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property - ICCROM (Rome, IT) and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cultural Rescue Initiative (DC, USA), and have completed coursework related to the impact on communities from the looting of its cultural patrimony. I am a research associate with Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Program, with a focus on the role of heritage recovery in humanitarian settings. I have 20 years experience managing both contemporary and historic collections, artist projects and exhibitions. 

I've worked with many of the most well known museums around the world, and am equally committed to local and personal heritage that may not be located within the walls of a famous museum or library. Currently, I have partnered with the Syrian Heritage Archive to survey online community archives that have evolved through social media as a way to document heritage disrupted by war and conflict. Our goal is to build a digital repository to preserve this content for future researchers.

Article about my mission:

CAREER SYNOPSISBoston Public Library | Lead Curator of the ArtsMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston | Special Collections ArchivistRose Art Museum, Brandeis University | Interim Director

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