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IMLS and FAIC Announce Emergency Assessments for Museums in Disaster Areas

November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announce availability of Emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation support. Based on the existing Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program, the Emergency CAP will help collecting institutions in federally declared disaster areas receive post-disaster collections care recommendations from conservation and building professionals on an expedited basis.

Emergency CAPs follow the general guidelines of the Collections Assessment for Preservation program, with the following exceptions:

  • Only museums affected by recent major federally-declared disasters are eligible.
  • Museums of any size are eligible for an Emergency CAP. Small and mid-sized museums will receive a general conservation assessment. Larger museums will receive a review of preservation/conservation plans for the structure and/or those parts of their collections which have been damaged by the emergency or disaster.
  • Assessor allocations for Emergency CAPs range from $3500-$4900 per assessor, based on institutional budget, need, and available funds.
  • Applications for Emergency CAPs are reviewed immediately upon receipt. Applicants are typically notified of their status within two weeks of application.
  • Program schedules and deadlines are determined by each institution and its team of assessors, subject to approval by FAIC. All program activities must occur within one year of notification of program acceptance.

Museums include, but are not limited to, aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums, historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology centers, and zoological parks.

Limited funding is available. Eligible museums interested in receiving an Emergency CAP assessment should contact Tiffani Emig, CAP Program Coordinator, at 202-750-3346 or for additional information.

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IMLS and FAIC Announce 2017 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program Participants

April 10, 2017

Washington, DC--The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation on Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have announced 74 institutions from across the country that have been selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP assists small and mid-sized museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. A team of two preservation professionals will spend two days at each site before preparing a comprehensive report that will identify preventive conservation priorities. The assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

Participants for the 2017 program year represent 29 states and include art museums, botanical gardens, historic homes, historic sites, natural history museums, and other types of museums. A complete list of program participants can be found on FAIC’s CAP web page.

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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: