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MayDay 2020

May 1st (MayDay) provided an opportunity for cultural organizations ranging from museums to historical societies to enhance their emergency and disaster preparedness. FAIC shared resources, suggested activities, and offered ideas to engage staff and implement protective measures on the Connecting to Collections Care (C2CCare) social media pages throughout the months of April and May to encourage participation.

Participants this year were especially creative, given the challenges surrounding COVID-19. Projects included hosting virtual meetings to discuss institutional disaster planning, incorporating new hazards such as public health crises into existing emergency plans, and evaluating re-entry protocols post-disaster. Participants who shared their completed activity with FAIC were entered into a drawing for one of three prizes donated by Gaylord Archival.

Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship Hiatus in 2021

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation recently notified FAIC of a decision to pause the Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship program for the upcoming 2021 year. The program is expected to resume in 2022, with an application deadline of November 1, 2021. The FAIC Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowships were first awarded in 1994. Since then, forty-eight fellowships have been funded, resulting in thirty-two fellowship projects published to date that have added significant contributions to the body of conservation literature in the U.S. and worldwide.

Connecting to Collections Care Courses Available for Self-Study at No Cost

Three Connecting to Collections Care courses have recently been made available for self-study at no cost:

  • Collections Care for Smaller Institutions
  • Preservation Methods and Materials for Exhibitions
  • Planning Your Re-Org Project

These courses are multi-webinar series that include optional activities to exercise each course’s learning objectives. The courses were designed to give small and mid-sized museums the opportunity to approach key collections care topics in greater depth than is possible during a single webinar.

We encourage you to share the course listing at with any smaller institutions you think might benefit from these courses, which were made possible in part by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

FAIC Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for 2021

Whether you have expertise to share or want to bring experts together to explore a favorite topic, consider proposing a workshop for 2021. We are accepting workshop proposals for FAIC professional development workshops and online courses. Proposal forms should be completed online. The proposal should include a brief description, learning objectives, and instructors. Proposals are due August 31; early submissions are encouraged, though late submissions will be considered until the schedule is full. Preference will be given to topics that have clear learning outcomes for conservation professionals and involve hands-on exercises, discussions, demonstrations, and other interactions appropriate to achieve those outcomes.

Workshops are typically three to five days and include a prominent hands-on component. Online courses can take place over a longer period and include live sessions, resources, and interactive assignments. Workshops take place in museums and cultural institutions around the US. Each workshop requires a topic, instructor(s), and host (facilities and a staff member that will act as the local coordinator). You can submit a proposal to identify one, some, or all of these components, and we will help to put the rest of the pieces together. Support from the FAIC professional development fund is available to subsidize costs. Professional development workshop proposals can be submitted at

We will be accepting proposals for workshops at the 2021 AIC Annual Meeting later in the summer to coincide with the annual meeting abstract submission schedule. Stay tuned for more information!

FAIC Grant and Scholarship Applications Due September 15

Guidelines and application information are located at All materials must be received by the published deadlines for consideration.

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/Tru Vue Conservation and Exhibition Grants. See website for details of this new program.

FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to AIC members who are US 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: “Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century.”

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarships of up to $1,000 are plus waiver of registration fees, to help defray professional development costs for international attendees at upcoming FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation: “Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century.”

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

FAIC Community Partnership Project 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.

FAIC Small Meeting Support Grants are intended to help defray the costs, up to $2,500, to develop and hold small meetings of AIC members.

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