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Held in Trust Project: Pamela Hatchfield appointed Project Coordinator

Pamela Hatchfield was named by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) as Project Coordinator for “Held in Trust,” a three-year cooperative agreement between FAIC and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Hatchfield is Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Head of Objects Conservation Emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the International Institute of Conservation (IIC), and the American Academy in Rome. She served on the AIC Board of Directors as Director of Public Information and, more recently, as Vice President and then President. Her many publications include the groundbreaking book Pollutants in the Museum Environment.

The Held in Trust project will consider the current state, future directions, challenges, opportunities, and resource needs for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in the United States. The project will also examine the intersection of cultural heritage preservation with issues of urgent importance that affect the cultural landscape, including sustainability, social and racial justice, equity and diversity, climate change, and environmental resource preservation.

The work will align with the overall goals of A More Perfect Union, NEH’s vision for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The outcomes of the project, expected in 2023, will guide work through to 2026 and following the semiquincentennial. See the Letter from the Executive Director for more on this project.

Next steps in the project include naming the Advisory Council and Steering Committee and forming working groups to research and prepare recommendations on a variety of subtopics. Those wishing to be involved with the project may contact Katelin Lee, FAIC Outreach Coordinator and Held in Trust Project Assistant, at hit@culturalheritage.org. Information about the project will be shared on the FAIC website at https://www.culturalheritage.org/hit.

Collection Care

Free Connecting to Collections Care Courses Now Available

Since fall 2018, FAIC’s Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) program has offered six online courses that give staff of small and mid-sized institutions opportunities to explore collections care topics in more depth than single webinars allow. Five of these courses are now available for self-study on the FAIC Learning site (https://learning.culturalheritage.org/collections-care) with no registration fee. Topics for these free courses include:

  • Preservation Methods and Materials for Exhibitions
  • Collections Management for Smaller Institutions
  • Planning Your RE-ORG Project
  • Making the Most of Your Assessment
  • Cleaning the Museum Without Damage

We encourage you to share the course registration links with anyone who might benefit from them.

CAP Assessments Continue Despite the Pandemic

Each year, FAIC supports general conservation assessments for approximately 75 small and mid-sized museums around the country through the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. This year, the pandemic created challenges for the 2020 cohort, who received notice of their acceptance just days before many states locked down in March. While approximately half of these museums have postponed their assessments to 2021, others have exercised appropriate precautions while welcoming assessors for a two-day visit.

Outdoor assessment team meeting at the El Pueblo Park Association. Courtesy of D.M. Henderson, El Pueblo Park Association.

Forced closures have had the unintended consequence of creating time for staff at some museums who previously participated in the CAP program to focus on collections care projects that would have typically been overshadowed by a busy summer tourism season. For example, the Talkeetna Historical Society & Museum in Talkeetna, Alaska, spent the past several months reorganizing their collections, installing data loggers, and drafting an emergency plan that includes pandemic response. Others have utilized the time to provide remote staff/volunteers with training, to focus on collections rehousing, and update core documents. Kudos to all staff who are working to make the most of a difficult time.

CAP Applications Now Closed for 2021
The CAP program is not currently accepting applications for the 2021 program. We will post information about future opportunities at culturalheritage.org/cap and at IMLS.gov. You may also receive updates about the program by sending a notification request to cap@culturalheritage.org.

Emergency Programs

Welcome to Six New NHR Volunteers

FAIC’s National Heritage Responders program is excited to welcome six new members: Karen Christensen (Seattle, WA), Tarin Erickson (Seattle, WA), Justin Johnson (Seattle, WA), Laura Pate (Dallas, TX), Brittany Stratton (Austin, TX), and Alan Van Dyke (Austin, TX). Their expertise in digital preservation, collection management, curation, preservation, and paper conservation will add to the depth and breadth of skillsets on the team. All six members completed one of FAIC’s regional response team trainings, passed a competencies exam, and created an NHR member profile. This onboarding effort is a pilot program from which we expect to develop a process for adding additional team members in the near future.

Grants, Funding, and Professional Development

Funding Opportunities

The Education and Training Committee hosted virtual office hours on December 1, 2020, to provide an overview of the grant and scholarship application process and share tips for submitting a strong application. A recording of that session can be viewed by visiting https://learning.culturalheritage.org/products/faic-scholarships-grants-info-session and logging in to register. Keep an eye out for email notification of additional office hour sessions before future funding cycles.

The below funding applications are grouped below by submission date. Details about FAIC’s scholarships, grants, and fellowships are online at www.culturalheritage.org/funding.

Kress Conservation Fellowships Applications Due January 22

Six $37,000 Fellowships will be awarded to cultural heritage institutions or conservation facilities to host one-year post-graduate internships in advanced conservation. Fellows must complete a masters-level degree in conservation prior to beginning the Fellowship. Fellows must be either a resident or citizen of the US or Canada, or a recent graduate from a conservation graduate program in the US or Canada. The Fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequently.

The full $37,000 must be allocated as a fellowship stipend. Payroll taxes may be withheld from the $37,000, but any other benefits, travel or education reimbursement, or administrative costs must be met by the institution or other funding source. Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs. Priority may go to institutions who commit to contributing additional funds to the fellowship.

FAIC Grant and Scholarship Applications Due February 1

Carolyn Horton Scholarships are available to book and paper conservators who are members of AIC’s Book and Paper Group (BPG). Scholarships up to $1,500 are provided to defray costs for attending meetings, seminars, workshops, or to conduct research or special projects.

Christa Gaehde Scholarships offer up to $1,500 to current members of AIC. Projects must promote study and research in the conservation of art on paper and may involve individual study, purchase of materials for research projects attendance at workshops, conferences, or other events.

Take a Chance Grants are available to current members of AIC. These grants of $1,000 are awarded to help defray costs for innovative conservation research or projects that may not otherwise be funded.

FAIC Grant and Scholarship Applications Due February 15

FAIC Individual Professional Development Scholarships offer support of up to $1,000 to help defray professional development costs for AIC Fellows or Professional Associate members.

FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to AIC members who are U.S. citizens or residents to support registration and/or attendance at upcoming FAIC workshops that are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit https://learning.culturalheritage.org/conservation for more information on these programs.

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarships are available to international attendees of the upcoming FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation. The awards up to $1,000 help defray expenses related to attendance, plus waive registration fees. Visit https://learning.culturalheritage.org/conservation for more information on these programs.

FAIC Lecture Grants offer up to $500 for the purpose of presenting public lectures to help advance public awareness of conservation.

FAIC Community Partnership Grants offer up to $1,000 toward the development and implementation of volunteer projects that bring teams of conservators to work with collections in need of care around the country.

FAIC Workshop Development Grants offer up to $1,000 to help defray costs for development and presentation of regional workshops for conservators.

Please note that the review process takes up to eight weeks following the application deadline. For more information, contact Sarah Saetren, Education Manager, at funding@culturalheritage.org or 202.661.8071.


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