Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care)

The Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) Online 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.

This online community was launched in 2010 as Connecting to Collections (C2C), a cooperative effort between the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and Heritage Preservation with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The community was moderated by Heritage Preservation from 2011 to 2014. As of December 2014, C2C became Connecting to Collections Care and is now moderated and run by the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), with funding from IMLS and advice and content provided by AIC’s Collection Care Network, or CCN.


  • Community Website
  • Meeting Room – Access free webinars with leading conservation professionals 
  • Discussion Forum – Hear from those who have been there before! Post your questions and assist other online community members with their collection care queries. 
  • Calendar – Find out about upcoming events, training opportunities, and grant deadlines related to Collections Care. 
  • Archives – Past C2C Online Community forum discussions and webinars/courses can be found here

Want to know more?

IMLS created Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action: a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action. The initiative is grounded in the results of the Heritage Preservation publication: A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections.

  • For more on the Legacy of the Connecting to Collections Initiative, see the C2C Initiative Legacy section in the C2C Care Resource Library. This includes more about the C2C Bookshelf program, National Forums, and the Global seminar, as well as past C2C projects in individual states.
  • IMLS Grant Programs that fund collections care


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).