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.


Professional Development



Workshops, conferences, seminars, and study tours scheduled throughout the country and online for conservators and allied professionals.

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 preservation professionals. 

Disaster Response & Recovery



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

Hermitage Project



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


Grants & Scholarships


  
Seventeen different grants & scholarships are offered for individuals and organizations that promote professional development, outreach to the public, publications, and conservation projects.


Other Initiatives


 
More information about what the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is doing to support conservation.


SUPPORT Our Work

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) undertakes and underwrites programs and initiatives to advance the conservation profession nationally and internationally in all its facets and applies the expertise of the profession in addressing global artistic, cultural, and historic preservation priorities.



Donations to FAIC are tax-deductible. The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is a the  tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TAX ID # 23-7424418).

What’s the difference between AIC and FAIC?


AIC and FAIC have a symbiotic relationship.  They support each other and, each in their own way, support conservation professionals and advance the field of conservation.


The American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
  • AIC was founded as a 501(c)(6) for those engaged in the conservation of historic and artistic works.
  • AIC serves its members and AIC sponsorships are not tax deductible.
  • AIC establishes and upholds professional standards, promotes research and publications, provides educational opportunities, and fosters the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.
  • AIC membership dues pay for member access to innovative publications, leading professional development opportunities, useful tools for businesses, and a national voice.
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 individual AIC member dues (With member approval, AIC Specialty Groups donate annually to FAIC).
  • FAIC was founded for scientific and charitable purposes and donations are tax deductible.
  • FAIC undertakes and underwrites programs and initiatives to advance the conservation profession nationally and internationally and serves as a convener to promote the exchange of knowledge.
  • FAIC administers scholarships and grants, creates and collaborates on Professional Development workshops, administers emergency programs and maintains an emergency response team with specially trained members, and much, much more.