What We Do: Our Initiatives

For more than 40 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.

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Alliance for Response

Alliance for Response (AFR) brings together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level, where virtually all initial disaster response occurs.

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Collections Assessment for Preservation

CAP logoThe Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program is a technical assistance program to assess small- or mid-sized institution's collections, buildings, and building systems. 

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Hermitage Photographic Conservation

Learn more about this fantastic initiative to train photograph conservators and preserve the photograph collections at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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National Heritage Responders

The National Heritage Responders (formerly AIC-CERT), respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters.

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The MayDay initiative encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to do one thing for disaster preparedness.

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Regional Angels Projects

Help the experts assist small museums and libraries! Regional Angels Projects assist small collecting institutions by providing conservation volunteers to develop and implement a storage project that provides supplies (at no cost to the institution) and staff training.

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State Heritage Emergency Partnership

State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP) addresses the roles and responsibilities of state cultural agencies and emergency management agencies to protect our cultural heritage.

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Life Cycle Analysis

FAIC received a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to demonstrate how Life Cycle Analyses could be used to improve sustainability in collecting institutions.

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Advancement of the Field

Connecting to Collections Care

The Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) community is an interactive resource that connects staff and volunteers at small museums, archives, and libraries with each other and with solid information about collections care.

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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.

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Grants & Scholarships

We feature 16 different grants and scholarships for individuals and organizations that promote professional development, outreach to the public, publications, and conservation projects.

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Professional Development

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

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Oral History Project

Find out more about the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works' efforts to support conservation.

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STASH (Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History collections) is based on the understanding that the best ideas for safe and sustainable storage and support come from collaborative solutions.

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Building Operational Strength and Sustainability

Digital Landscape of Conservation

FAIC is exploring the digital resources currently used in conservation, what needs exist, and recommendations for future actions.

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Mellon Foundation Nonprofit Finance Fund

In June 2016, AIC and FAIC were invited by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to be part of a $5 million pilot program to strengthen the organizational health of small and mid-sized arts institutions.

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