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HAA-293423-23Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsFAICSTiCH: Collections Tools for Climate Action10/1/2023 - 9/30/2025$349,293.00Tiffani Emig   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2023Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities34929303151990

The further development of the Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage (STiCH) Carbon Calculator, a computational analysis and modeling platform to assist heritage professionals in determining the carbon footprint of the materials used for the preservation and exhibition of cultural resources. 

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) will refine the Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage (STiCH) Carbon Calculator; a free, open-access, digital tool designed to empower professionals with information to make climate-conscious materials choices for treatment, display, and transportation of cultural heritage. NEH Tier I and II Research and Development Grants (2017-2022) supported building the STiCH calculator software, data sheets, and website. STiCH uses Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a science-based environmental modeling tool, to calculate the carbon footprint of materials. A key finding of Held in Trust (HIT), a partnership between NEH and FAIC to evaluate the state of preservation in the US, identified the importance of addressing the effects of climate change in the heritage sector. In this Level III NEH Grant, user-led evaluations guide redesigning the STiCH Carbon Calculator and producing tutorials aimed at changing behaviors towards climate action.

PA-50582-04Preservation and Access: Preservation/Access ProjectsFAICProfessional Development for Conservators of Humanities Collections1/1/2004 - 12/31/2005$201,492.00ElizabethF.Jones   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2003Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation/Access ProjectsPreservation and Access20149202014920

Professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections.

PA-51878-06Preservation and Access: Preservation/Access ProjectsFAICProfessional Development for Conservators of Humanities Collections1/1/2006 - 12/31/2007$288,312.00ErylP.Wentworth   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2005EducationPreservation/Access ProjectsPreservation and Access28831202883120

Professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections.

On behalf of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC), the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) seeks funding in the amount of $288,312 to support nine workshops: five new course topics at six workshops over a two year period and two workshops for three presentations from the 2004-2005 NEH project. This initiative is part of the AIC’s newly expanded program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 177 conservators will participate. 50 scholarships will increase access for conservators in underserved regions through travel stipends.

PB-259526-17Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)FAICNational Heritage Responders Assisting after Hurricane Harvey9/1/2017 - 9/30/2018$30,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2017Conservation ScienceCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access300000300000

FAIC's National Heritage Responders, volunteers trained in responding to disasters affecting cultural institutions, will assist collecting institutions to assess and recover collections damaged by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

PB-264844-18Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)FAICNational Heritage Responders Assisting after Hurricane Florence9/1/2018 - 9/30/2020$30,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2018 Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access300000300000

FAIC's National Heritage Responders, volunteers trained in responding to disasters affecting cultural institutions, will assist collecting institutions to assess and recover collections damaged by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent floods.

PB-271362-20Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)FAICHeld in Trust: A National Convening on Conservation and Preservation5/1/2020 - 4/30/2024$999,623.65Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access999623.6509996230

A three-year cooperative agreement between the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and NEH to evaluate the current state of cultural heritage conservation and establish a forward-looking vision for preservation in the United States. Designed to support and enhance NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative, core activities would include a fall 2021 national convening, followed by a publication and associated resources detailing needs, opportunities, and next steps to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage.

The "Held in Trust" project will evaluate current national infrastructure and opportunities and challenges facing cultural heritage conservation, establish a forward-looking vision for the preservation of our nation’s cultural heritage, and identify future directions and resource priorities to ensure that our nation’s cultural treasures are available for future education and enrichment. These goals will be achieved through three primary activities: 1) Interdisciplinary research and expert working group discussions designed to shape the dialog and engage many diverse perspectives; 2) A National Convening and related activities to examine and strengthen the field of conservation in the United States for current and future practitioners; 3) Publication of a report documenting needs, opportunities, and next steps required to better ensure the preservation of our nation’s cultural heritage, to be disseminated to key decision-makers and stakeholders.

PB-275239-20Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)FAICPreserving Humanities Positions for Conservation of Humanities Collections6/15/2020 - 6/30/2021$45,500.00ErylP.Wentworth   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access455000455000

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation’s National Heritage Responders and Conservation OnLine programs, through the retention of three full-time and two contracted positions. NEH funding would ensure that in-person, online, phone, and email support remains available for collecting institutions and conservators seeking resources related to collections care, emergency response, and COVID-19.

FAIC requests funds to preserve key contract and salaried positions in that are essential to programs protecting humanities collections in the United States.

PB-291961-23Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)FAICNational Heritage Responders Assisting after Severe Storms and Flooding in Kentucky10/1/2022 - 9/30/2023$30,000.00Tiffani Emig   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2022 Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access300000300000

To support FAIC in conducting emergency work to assess, protect, stabilize, and conserve cultural property damaged by the recent floods in Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.

FAIC's National Heritage Responders program, which is comprised of volunteers trained in responding to disasters affecting cultural institutions, will assist collecting institutions with assessment and recovery of collections damaged by the severe storms and flooding in July 2022.

PE-233821-16Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017$174,861.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2015Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access1498612500014986125000

Mid-career professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections. Fifteen presentations of 10 courses would be held over the two-year grant period, reaching an estimated 461 conservators and allied professionals. Twenty travel stipends would be awarded to participants from under-served regions.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks funding to support 15 presentations of 10 courses over a two year period. This initiative is part of FAIC's expanding program of professional development for conservators of culture heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 461 conservators and allied professionals will participate. 20 scholarships will increase access for conservators in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshops will take place in six states and the District of Columbia.

PE-252926-17Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICTraining for Emergency Preparation and Response for Humanities Collections1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019$200,000.00Jessica Unger   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access1750002500017500025000

Three training workshops and a series of Web forums for cultural heritage managers and emergency response personnel as part of the Alliance for Response (AFR) program. Training would focus on three major metropolitan areas, with Web resources made available to existing AFR networks and the broader preservation community. Specific activities include: training 60 individuals in Miami and Seattle in emergency response for cultural collections; establishing a new AFR network in Washington, D.C.; and conducting national training through 12 90-minute webinars and the expansion of existing Web-based resources. AFR would also expand its current outreach to link major emergency management and first response associations with the cultural heritage community.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) proposes to improve emergency preparation and response for humanities collections by training and developing response teams for cultural collections, offering training to create a new "Alliance for Response" (AFR) network, and providing continuing education programs on emergency preparation and response for collections.  Two volunteer response teams of up to thirty members each would be trained in cooperation with existing AFR networks in Miami and Seattle.  A training forum and follow-up activities to establish an Alliance for Response network in Washington, DC would reach up to 125 culture and emergency agency professionals.  A series of webinars, along with web forums and online resources, will support these efforts as well as increase sharing of expertise among existing AFR networks.

PE-258421-18Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019$208,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access20800002080000

Mid-career professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservation professionals responsible for the care of humanities collections. Eleven presentations of nine courses would be held over the two-year grant period, reaching an estimated 287 conservators and allied professionals. Twenty travel stipends would be awarded to participants from underserved areas.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks funding to support 11 presentations of 9 courses over a two-year period. This initiative is part of FAIC's program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 287 conservators and allied professionals will participate. 20 scholarships will increase access for conservators in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshops will take place in # states and the District of Columbia.

PE-263611-19Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICTraining for Emergency Preparation and Response for Humanities Collections1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022$200,000.00Elaina Gregg   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access20000002000000

The establishment of a new Alliance for Response (AFR) network in Oklahoma City; the delivery of training for a regional response team associated with AFR’s existing network in Georgia; the creation of continuing education webinars on emergency preparation and response for 27 existing AFR networks; and the building of web-based resources to include a new Forum Planning Guide and other key tools.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) proposes to improve emergency preparation and response for humanities collections by creating a new Alliance for Response network of cultural leaders and emergency managers in Oklahoma, training a regional volunteer response team for cultural collections in Georgia, and providing nation-wide training and resources for existing Alliance for Response networks. A large portion of the existing Heritage Emergency response team training, now conducted primarily through face-to-face instruction, would be adapted for online delivery, resulting in lower costs and less travel time for participants, and making the training more easily reproducible for other locations in the future.

PE-268726-20Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservation Professionals3/1/2020 - 2/28/2024$200,000.00Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access20000002000000

Mid-career professional development workshops offered around the country for conservation professionals responsible for the care of humanities collections. Thirteen presentations of ten courses would be held over the two-year grant period, reaching an estimated 267 conservators and allied professionals. Twenty travel stipends would be awarded to participants in need of assistance and from underserved areas.

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) seeks funding to support 13 presentations of 10 courses over a 2-year period. This initiative is part of of FAIC's program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage and builds on the success and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 267 conservators and allied professionals will participate. 20 scholarships will increase access for conservation professionals in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshop will take place in 9 states.

PE-277145-21Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICTraining for Emergency Preparation and Response for Humanities Collections3/1/2021 - 2/29/2024$217,359.00Tiffani Emig   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access21735902040330

The establishment of new Alliance for Response (AFR) networks in Chicago, Illinois and Charleston, South Carolina; development of response team training courses for Minnesota-based and nationally-distributed individuals; creation of continuing education webinars on emergency preparation; and the building of online resources to support these efforts and increase sharing of expertise among the 32 existing AFR networks throughout the United States.

The project will support training to establish two new Alliance for Response networks, in Chicago and Charleston, SC. Response team training will be offered in collaboration with the Twin Cities Alliance for Response (MN), and nationally for the National Heritage Responders. Webinars, web-based resources, and small project grants will support existing Alliance for Response networks.

PE-290151-23Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICEmergency Preparation and Response Training to Preserve Humanities Collections3/1/2023 - 2/28/2026$325,795.00Elaina Gregg   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2022Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access32579503257950

The creation of two Alliance for Response (AFR) networks in New Hampshire and Arizona, the training of four National Heritage Responders (NHR) cohorts in Massachusetts, Charleston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, and the development of webinars, microgrants, and new online resources for the AFR community.

Emergency preparation and response for humanities collections would be improved by creating new “Alliance for Response” (AFR) networks, training and developing regional heritage response teams, developing inclusivity tools, and providing training and resources to strengthen AFR networks, over a three-year period. Specifically, two new AFR networks in New Hampshire and Arizona would be established and four volunteer heritage response teams would be trained, in cooperation with AFR networks in Massachusetts, Charleston, SC, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. A guide would be developed to support collaboration with community groups. The response training curriculum will be expanded to provide guidance on working with culturally sensitive collections. Project grants, a series of webinars, web forums, and expanded online resources will support these efforts and increase sharing of expertise among existing AFR networks.

PE-295938-24Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICTransforming Professional Development for Current Conservation Needs3/1/2024 - 2/28/2026$341,567.00Sarah Saetren   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2023Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access34156703391200

The development and presentation of five technical skills workshops, delivered in person, and four outreach workshops, delivered in a hybrid format, for conservators and allied collection professionals.

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) will develop and present five technical skill workshops for conservators and four outreach workshops for broader audiences that address specific needs identified in the recent multi-year project titled Held in Trust: Transforming Cultural Heritage for a More Resilient Future (HIT) to evaluate the state of preservation and conservation in the United States. With this project, we seek to address critical needs identified in HIT through the following activities: providing free outreach programming to connect conservation professionals with communities and allied professionals; developing affordable workshops for all, including conservators in private practice; focusing skill-based training on new technologies; and reducing the carbon impact associated with travel by moving lecture-based content online whenever possible.

PE-50023-08Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2008 - 12/31/2009$200,000.00ErylP.Wentworth   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2007EducationPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access20000002000000

Professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections.

On behalf of the American Institue for Conservaiton of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC), the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) seeks funding in the amount of $264,198 to support nine workshops consisting of five topics over a two year period. This initiative is part of the AIC's newly expanded program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 128 conservators will participate. 45 scholarships will increase access for conservators in underserved regions through travel stipends. A blended learning module will be created to improve an existing course on Adhesives for Conservation. A job task analysis will be conducted to help prioritize future training programs and as the basis for a online tool for conservators to assess and track their professional development needs.

PE-50054-10Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011$202,243.00ErylP.Wentworth   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2009EducationPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access20224302022430

Funding supports professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks funding to support nine workshops consisting of six new course topics over a two year period. This initiative is part of FAIC's expanding program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 195 conservators will participate. 48 scholarships will increase access for conservator in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshops will take place in 6 states and the District of Columbia.

PE-50083-12Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2012 - 12/31/2013$175,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2011EducationPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access17500001750000

Professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections. Up to 12 advanced conservation workshops would be held for approximately 150 conservators. Five new workshops would also be developed on such topics as the conservation of digital prints, contemporary print identification, and preventive conservation.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks funding to support fourteen presentations of eight workshops over a two year period. This initiative is part of FAIC's expanding program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 152 conservators will participate. 30 scholarships will increase access for conservators in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshops will take place in six states and the District of Columbia.

PE-50116-14Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICProfessional Development for Conservators: Providing Preservation and Access for the Humanities1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015$165,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2013EducationPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access16500001650000

Professional development through workshops offered around the country for conservators responsible for the care of humanities collections. Up to 17 advanced conservation workshops would be held for an estimated 546 conservators. Five new workshops would be developed on such topics as sustainable collections care practices, media consolidation for manuscripts on parchment, and photographic chemistry for preservation.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks funding to support 17 presentations of 8 courses over a two year period, including 8 online presentations. This initiative is part of FAIC's expanding program of professional development for conservators of cultural heritage, and builds on the successes and lessons learned from previous programs. An estimated 546 conservators and allied professionals will participate. 20 scholarships will increase access for conservators in under-served regions through travel stipends. Workshops will take place in four states, the District of Columbia, and online.

PE-50132-15Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Education and TrainingFAICAlliance for Response 2015-2016: A National Program on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Management1/1/2015 - 3/31/2017$190,330.00Jessica Unger   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2014Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPreservation and Access Education and TrainingPreservation and Access19033001903300

Two county-based forums and six webinars for cultural heritage managers and emergency response personnel as part of the Alliance for Response (AFR) program to help new and existing network members develop, manage, and maintain cooperative disaster networks.  Each forum would reach an audience of 125 participants, while the webinars would reach the 23 current AFR networks.  Once archived on the AFR Web site, the webinars would be available free of charge to the public.  The program would also expand its current outreach to link major emergency management and first response associations with the cultural heritage community.

Humanities collections throughout the country are vulnerable to emergencies, from localized flooding to region-wide catastrophic events. Alliance for Response educates stewards of humanities collections on how cultural heritage institutions and emergency management agencies can collaborate to implement networks, plans, and policies that reduce the risk of damage to collections. Relationships with emergency management agencies are key to protecting collections, but few cultural heritage institutions have formal connections and few emergency management agencies include cultural heritage in official disaster planning. In this next phase of Alliance for Response, Heritage Preservation will pilot two county-based forums; present six webinars to help new and existing network members organize, manage, and maintain robust cooperative disaster networks; and expand its ongoing cultural heritage educational outreach campaign to major emergency management and first response associations.

PH-20914-00Preservation and Access: National Heritage Preservation ProjectsFAICWorkshops on Disaster Response for Cultural Property6/1/2000 - 7/31/2002$195,019.00ElizabethF.Jones   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2000Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNational Heritage Preservation ProjectsPreservation and Access19501901950190

Disaster response workshops for cultural insitutions across the United States.

PR-253401-17Preservation and Access: Research and DevelopmentFAICPlanning a Life Cycle Analysis Library of Preventive Conservation Methods1/1/2017 - 12/31/2018$75,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralResearch and DevelopmentPreservation and Access750000750000

The pilot phase and development of a free, online Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) library and tool for conservation and preservation professionals. When completed, this library would help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of collection management activities including conservation treatment, storage, loans, and exhibitions.

This project will lay the groundwork for an online Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) library and tool that assesses the environmental and human health impact of sustaining a humanities collection.  The investigators will produce three representative Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) reports; document the most prevalent activities, products, and events that are part of collections care and access work in museums and historic sites; produce a beta version of a tool for evaluating LCA; and develop a plan for next steps to create a robust LCA library and online tool.  These new resources will allow custodians of cultural heritage to evaluate materials and approaches used to maintain collections, and enhance decision-making for care of all forms of material culture.

PR-268771-20Preservation and Access: Research and DevelopmentFAICBuilding a Life Cycle Assessment Tool & Library of Preventive Conservation Methods3/1/2020 - 2/28/2023$350,000.00Lissa Rosenthal-YoffeSarah SuttonFAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralResearch and DevelopmentPreservation and Access35000003500000

Development of an online Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool and library for conservation and preservation professionals. When completed, this tool and library would help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of collection management activities, including conservation treatment, storage, loans, and exhibitions.

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) will conducted Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) that will help collection care professionals to make informed choices that protect health and the environment while continuing to preserve and exhibit humanities collections. 3,500 materials, products, and processes will be researched and made available through an online Tool. Complex processes will captured in an LCA Library to guide collections care decision-making. Research results will be disseminated through articles, blog posts, presentations, workshops, and a traveling exhibit . Key research support will be provided by Northeastern University and the Pratt Institute. Principal Investigators are Matt Eckelman (NEU), Sarah Nunberg (Pratt), Eric Pourchot (FAIC), and Sarah Sutton (Sustainable Museums).

PW-50741-10Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesFAICEmergency Assistance for Cultural Collections in Haiti4/1/2010 - 9/30/2011$30,000.00Eric Pourchot   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2010Library ScienceHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access300000300000

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is the national membership organization supporting the professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. FAIC has been working with the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, and other federal agencies and professional organizations to plan and coordinate post-earthquake salvage and recovery of cultural heritage collections in Haiti, following the earthquake on January 12, 2010. FAIC is prepared to send teams of preservation professionals, trained in disaster response, to Haiti to recover damaged cultural heritage collections and to carry out conservation treatments, as necessary. The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield would provide logistical support and coordination with other international Blue Shield organizations and with military organizations in Haiti. FAIC has developed Collections Emergency Response Teams (AIC-CERT) that respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors, and the public. To date, AIC-CERT members have provided assistance to U.S. cultural institutions following the Midwest floods of 2008 and Hurricane Ike, also in 2008. Sixteen members of AIC-CERT are prepared to travel to Haiti to offer assistance. A $30,000 NEH emergency grant would enable FAIC to begin sending AIC-CERT members to Haiti by supporting such costs as travel, subsistence, honoraria, supplies, and materials. The division's staff recognizes the substantial need in Haiti for preservation assistance and believes that FAIC, working with the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Smithsonian Institution, is prepared for this challenging task.

ZPA-283297-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)FAICPreserving Humanities Positions for Conservation of Humanities Collections10/1/2021 - 9/30/2022$62,894.12Tiffani Emig   FAICWashingtonDC20005-1704USA2021Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Agency-wide Projects62894.120628940

The retention of three staff positions and the hiring of two consultants to maintain operations of the National Heritage Responders program and online resources for conservation professionals.

Financial support will ensure continuance of two programs that are key to preserving humanities collections in the U.S. FAIC’s National Heritage Responders (NHR) is a national network of volunteers who are specially trained to respond to emergencies involving cultural collections. FAIC’s Conservation OnLine (CoOL) and the associated Global Conservation Forum are free online resources that allow preservation specialists from around the world to share resources, discuss new materials and treatments, and ask and respond to questions as they arise. Funding for these two at-risk services would provide FAIC time to secure alternate sources of funding to keep all its vital programs in place.