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IMLS and FAIC Announce New Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

March 2, 2016
Washington, DC--The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) today announced a new program to provide museums with collections conservation assessments.

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program will build upon the former CAP program (Conservation Assessment Program) that was funded by IMLS and administered by Heritage Preservation for 24 years, until Heritage Preservation ceased operations in 2015.  The new program will continue to support collections assessments for small and medium-sized museums throughout the nation.

“Many museums need help understanding the condition of their collections and how to properly prioritize their conservation activities,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “We are delighted to be working with FAIC. The new CAP program is much improved and is designed to give museums the tools they need to build strong and lasting in-house collections care and preservation programs.”

“We are honored to be working with IMLS to build on the success of such a valued program,” stated FAIC Executive Director Eryl P. Wentworth.  “The new CAP—Collections Assessment for Preservation—program will be a collaborative effort to provide support and expertise to the staff of collecting institutions, helping them create and implement sustainable programs for the best possible care of their collections.  We are excited to begin!”

Read the full press release at IMLS and the FAIC Announce New Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program. 

Heritage Preservation Programs Transition to FAIC

Washington, DC — April 27, 2015 — [Summary] Following the recent vote by Heritage Preservation members approving its dissolution as of June 30, 2015, several popular Heritage Preservation programs will transition to FAIC, thus ensuring their continuation. Learn more by reading the full statement here: Heritage Preservation Programs Transition to FAIC

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AIC/FAIC in the News

Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur and FAIC Board Director, featured George Stout, the FAIC Stout Award, and the upcoming film starring George Clooney as George Stout,"The Monuments Men," in his recent "Editor's Note." Read his column here!

AIC-CERT helped artists and organizations after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and its work is featured in these articles:

Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and AIC-CERT held an information session in NYC: