Museums in Africa
For nearly three decades, the Foundation provided grants to train museum professionals in sub-Saharan Africa, in the process transforming the care of museum collections on the continent. Early grants focused on preventive conservation techniques, and programs such as Prevention for Museums in Africa (PREMA) led to the training of hundreds of museum professionals from more than forty African countries and ultimately to the creation of the first permament African conservation organizations: Ecole du Patrimoine African (EPA) in Benin and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) in Kenya.
The Foundation's work in Africa continued with subsequent programs in both West and East Africa, including grants to the West African Museums Program (WAMP) for an intensive training program in preventive conservation for photography; EPA for a two-year diploma course in preventive conservation; and most recently the Getty East Africa Program, a three-year training effort undertaken by the British Museum. Together these programs built professional capacity on the continent, strengthened key heritage organizations, and coordinated region-wide training.
Top: Participants in the Getty-supported 20102012 university course at EPA (Ecole du Patrimoine Africain), Porto Novo, Benin. Photo: Gael de Guichen