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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.
Read or download the full press release.
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
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/FAIC in the News
AIC-CERT helped artists and organizations after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and its work is featured in these articles:
- Bringing Art Back After Hurricane Sandy, UptownRadio (Columbia Radio News), Feb. 15, 2013
- Cultural Recovery Center to Open in Brooklyn on Dec 10, Hyperallergic, Dec. 6, 2012
- Leonard Lopate radio segment on AIC-CERT efforts, WNYC.org, Dec. 5, 2012
- Art Conservators Take Up the Fight After Hurricane Sandy, Wall Street Journal (registration req.), Nov. 19, 2012
- The Art World's First Responders, Newsweek, Nov. 18, 2012
- After Floods, Galleries Face Uncertainty, The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2012
- Where to Get Help: Vital Resources For Artists Recovering From Sandy, Huffington Post, Nov. 6, 2012
- Sandy wreaks havoc on NYC art, CNN, Nov. 5, 2012
- Arts Orgs Helping Artists and Art Orgs, AI-AP DART (Design Arts Daily), Nov. 5, 2012
- Hurricane Sandy Leaves Greenpoint Studios Wrecked, Destroying Years of Work, Blouin ArtInfo, Nov. 1, 2012
- Some Help for Artists, Galleries, Private Collections and Museums Impacted by Hurricane Sandy,Hyperallergic, Oct. 31, 2012
- New York's art world counts the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, The Guardian UK, Oct. 31, 2012
- The Hero Response Teams of Superstorm Sandy, Popular Mechanics, Oct. 31, 2012
- Protecting Collections: Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Collections Caretaker Newsletter, Oct. 31, 2012.
Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and AIC-CERT held an information session in NYC:
- AIC-CERT and MoMA blog, with posts on Tips for Artists, Inside/Out, a MoMA/MoMA PS1 blog, Nov. 9, 2012
- Traumatized art owners gather at MoMA for advice on how to save their flood-damaged works,Capital New York, Nov. 5, 2012
- Chelsea After Sandy: MoMA Talk Sheds Light On Restoration Process As Galleries Recover,Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2012
- Museum of Modern Art to Offer Presentation on Conserving Flood-Damaged Artworks, The New York Times ArtsBeat, Nov. 2, 2012
- Hurricane Sandy 2012: As New York's Art World Reels From Damage, MoMA Lends A Hand,Huffington Post, Nov. 2, 2012
- MoMA Hosting Free Seminar on Preserving Sandy-Damaged Art + MoMA Ps1's Klaus Biesenbach Organizing Rockaway Help, Papermag, Nov. 2, 2012
- MoMA Conducts Workshops for Artists and Galleries Affected by Hurricane Sandy Today, 11/4, Broadway World, Nov. 4, 2012