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The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) Receives Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for activities to take place in 2019 and 2020. NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965 and is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. A Preservation and Access Education and Training grant (one of six awarded) will support the project “Training for Emergency Preparation and Response for Humanities Collections.” The grant provides $200,000 in outright funding.

This grant represents NEH’s continued support of the national Alliance for Response (AFR) initiative. Begun in 2003, AFR aims to connect cultural heritage institutions with their local emergency professionals. The grant will support the efforts of the existing 32 networks through online resources and webinar programming, encouraging new network activities and sustained relationships with emergency personnel.

The project will launch a new network in Oklahoma City, OK, a region with a wealth of cultural resources threatened by tornados, flooding, and other natural disasters. The project will also train a regional response team in Georgia, working with the existing AFR networks in Atlanta and Savannah. A new training portal will be developed to deliver response team training components online, providing resources to support immediate response for cultural institutions.

Updates on the progress of the project will be posted on the FAIC website:  

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80 Museums Selected To Receive Customized Collections Assessments

CAP Program helps museums improve long-term care of collections, buildings

March 29, 2018

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) announced that 80 institutions have been selected to participate in the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

The 2018 participating museums represent a diverse array of disciplines, from the St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan. These institutions serve communities in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, and include four museums in federally declared disaster areas, which received expedited Emergency CAP assistance.

CAP helps small and mid-sized museums improve the care of their collections by providing technical and financial support for conservation assessments of museum collections and buildings. Each museum will work with a preservation team that will visit the institution and prepare a customized report. The assessment reports allow museums to prioritize and build support for collections care for years to come.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC and funded by IMLS, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation Awarded $900,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) was recently awarded a grant of $900,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support change and growth capital.

The Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI) launched in 2014 by the Mellon Foundation, aims to build organizational resiliency within the national arts ecosystem by broadening access to resources in underserved regions, creating more equitable systems of support for artists and cultural organizations, and strengthening community participation. Working with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), cohorts of organizations progress through a sequence of financial capacity-building strategies and receive infusions of capital, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and individualized technical support. COHI grants in 2015 served six members of the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network and eight American art conservation service organizations. Following two in-person meetings of Mellon, NFF, and cohort leadership representatives, participant organizations worked individually with NFF advisors to assess their business models and develop plans for sustainability. 

With this award, over a three-year period, FAIC will engage in activities designed to increase capacity and ensure financial stability in a rapidly evolving world. “The Mellon Foundation’s commitment to support growth capital for arts organizations is groundbreaking,” notes FAIC Executive Director Eryl Wentworth, “and we are thrilled to be a part of an initiative designed to strengthen our organizations and increase their impact.” FAIC strategies will focus on increasing fundraising capacity, developing a “Friends” program for those interested in conservation but not professionally involved in caring for collections, and building a sponsorship program. A special reserve fund will be created to provide working capital for future opportunities and change. With the assistance of contractors, consultants, and an additional staff member, these new activities will be incorporated into existing FAIC programs and initiatives.  

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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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