For over 30 years, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has been supporting conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

FAIC promotes the advancement of expert knowledge of materials and technologies, and mastery of conservation and preservation. We promote the understanding of the values and contexts of cultural heritage and stress informed decision-making in conservation. We are dedicated to service in the field, research, sharing knowledge, and continued education.

Read this quick primer on some of FAIC’s initiatives, contrasted with dues-supported AIC initiatives.

Professional Development

Courses, seminars, and study tours scheduled throughout the country and online for mid-career professionals.
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Conservation OnLine

A full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics and is a a growing resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.  View More Info

Disaster Response

AIC-CERT, The American Institute for Conservation - Collections Emergency Response Team, which responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters.
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Hermitage Project

An initiative to train photograph conservators and preserve the photograph collections at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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Grants & Scholarships

Sixteen different grants & scholarships are listed for individuals and organizations that promote professional development, outreach to the public, publications, and conservation projects.
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Other Initiatives

More information about what the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is doing to support conservation.
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What’s the difference between AIC and FAIC anyway?

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
  • AIC was founded as a 501(c)(6) for those engaged in historic and artistic works.
  • AIC membership dues pay for a member's access to innovative publications, leading professional development opportunities, useful tools for their business, and a national voice.
  • AIC serves its members and donations to AIC are not tax deductible.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC)
  • FAIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose only member is AIC. Donations to FAIC are voluntary and do not come from AIC member dues.
  • FAIC was founded for scientific and charitable purposes and donations are tax deductible.
  • FAIC administers scholarships and grants, creates and collaborates on Professional Development workshops, trains members of the AIC-CERT emergency response team, and much, much more!