The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is pleased to be leading the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP), serving Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. With a goal of creating working communities of practice among small organizations facing related challenges, RHSP offers a unique opportunity to increase collections care in individual institutions, as well as to meet and network with other collections care professionals in the region.
CCAHA would like to announce the following upcoming opportunities:
Preservation Needs Assessment Grant
We are seeking applicants for our RHSP Preservation Needs Assessment Program. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of completely subsidized preservation needs assessments (valued at over $5,500). A preservation needs assessment is a key first step in the process of caring for collections. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is widely recognized as a valuable tool in fundraising. Many funders strongly recommend that potential applicants cite the findings of these assessments within their grant applications for conservation and preservation projects.
Applications are due September 1st. Click here for more information, and to download the application.
Questions or concerns about your Preservation Needs Assessment application? Join us for an online question and answer session on Thursday, October 24th at 2:00 pm EST. Click here to register.
Introduction to Emergency Planning and Risk Assessment Free Webinar
Date & Time: August 30, 2017 at 2:00pm EST
One of the most important steps any cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. This webinar will provide a “big picture” overview of emergency planning and preparedness. The terminology of emergency planning, the basic components of an emergency preparedness and response plan, and the importance of risk assessment will be covered. Click here to register!
In Person Workshops
Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Collections
An institution’s collections care and business practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents. This workshop will provide an overview of policy and planning documents that are essential for collections care, such as collections management policies, handling guidelines, and maintenance policies.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the Goodwood Museum , Tallahassee, FL
Monday, October 30th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the DeSoto County Museum, Hernando, MS
Risk Assessment for Cultural Institutions
Before an institution can begin developing an emergency preparedness and response plan, it is important to understand just what kinds of risks its collections might face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies that might mitigate damage in the event of an emergency or disaster. This workshop will offer tips for conducting these assessments on a site-wide level and for specific collections, as well as case studies of institutions that have dealt with disasters, and advice on forming relationships with first responders and other outside contacts who can help conduct risk assessments.
Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the Goodwood Museum , Tallahassee, FL
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the DeSoto County Museum, Hernando, MS
Fees: $30 per day or $50 for both Workshops
For more information and to register, please visit CCAHA’s program calendar here.
Funding for RHSP is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations. CCAHA's preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA also offers fellowships, fundraising support, and disaster assistance.