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Professional Development 

Since 2000, FAIC has reached over 9,000 professionals with more than 300 educational programs, ranging from one-day workshops, typically held at the AIC Annual Meeting, to week-long, laboratory-based practical sessions. Distance learning courses offer effective ways for conservators and allied professionals in remote areas to continue to develop their skills.

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Grants and Scholarships

In 2015 alone, FAIC awarded 84 scholarships and grants totaling nearly $430,000. Sixteen impactful programs include support for students attending professional meetings, conservation internships, and scholarships for mid-career conservators.

Conservation OnLine and the Conservation DistList (CoOL)

CoOL functions as a full-text library of conservation and preservation information that covers a wide spectrum of topics and is a growing resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals. Its DistList has over 10,000 users in at least 94 countries.

Emergency Response

FAIC is a leader in emergency response initiatives for the cultural sector. Since 2007, the AIC-Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT), now known as the National Heritage
Responders (NHR), have assisted dozens of museums, libraries, and historic sites nationally and internationally.  Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, FAIC supported 35 volunteers, providing over 360 days of conservation and instruction services, to save Haitian art.  In 2012, AIC-CERT assisted cultural organizations and artists in the New York City metropolitan area whose work had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The National Heritage Responders continue to provide 24/7 assistance to those in need. Funding is required to ensure continued, immediate, and effective response to future emergencies.   Effective on June 30, 2015, FAIC began the stewardship and promotion of  three comprehensive emergency planning, preparedness, and response programs developed by Heritage Preservation: Alliance for Response (AFR), State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP), and Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (REPP). FAIC will continue to promote the annual MayDay campaign aimed to build awareness around the importance of annual emergency preparedness and planning.


Recent grants secured by FAIC have provided support for the publication of the AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, as well as Specialty Group catalogs and specialized books. FAIC’s Kress Conservation Publication Fellowships have supported 42 manuscripts, many of which have resulted in important print publications.


FAIC Regional Angels and Lecture  grants support projects and programming that promote conservation to wider audiences, as do many FAIC online and print publications, CoOL, and other special initiatives.

Oral History

The FAIC Oral History Project, housed at the Winterthur Museum, Library & Gardens, contains informative interviews with over 220 conservation professionals.  FAIC funds transcription and annotation services.

Charting the Digital Landscape of the Conservation Profession

FAIC managed this planning project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, during which AIC members and other experts convened to review the challenges of a digital world and to plan actions to address them.  A report from this project will be made public in 2015.

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