Accepting Applications: Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications are open for the 2019 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program from November 1st 2018, with a deadline of February 1, 2019.

The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan, and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. Additional information on the CAP process, eligibility, and applications are available at www.conservation-us.org/cap.  CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Spelman awarded grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase diversity in museum field

Spelman College has announced that it has received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation grants to fund scholarships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the new initiative will result in the creation of an Art History major and Curatorial Studies minor at the Atlanta University Center.

The goal of the package of grants is to foster innovation and create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership that is more representative of our nation’s increasing diversity. The initiative will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.

Read the full press release here.

20 Museums Tapped for Initiative to Create Learning Opportunities For Older Adults—AAM

Aroha Philanthropies, the American Alliance of Museums, and Lifetime Arts has announced that 20 museums and organizations have been tapped to participate in a new initiative, funded and managed by Aroha Philanthropies, Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums.

The more than $1 million project will enable these museums to develop and implement high quality, intensive arts learning opportunities for older adults.

All three organizations feel there is an urgent need to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America, combat ageism, and promote a healthy change in societal attitudes toward aging as growth and older adults as contributors.

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Attention Part-time Faculty & MFA Students: Submit a Workshop Proposal for CAA 2019!

If you’re a New York-based MFA student and/or entry level, part-time faculty member, there’s still time to submit a proposal for a Professional Development Workshop at CAA 2019, generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The deadline for twenty professional development workshops is now September 14.

Workshop leaders will receive a complimentary one-year CAA membership, a full Annual Conference registration for 2019, and a small stipend. (Please note that there may be only one leader for each Tremaine Foundation-supported workshop.) Continue reading “Attention Part-time Faculty & MFA Students: Submit a Workshop Proposal for CAA 2019!”

US Tribal Colleges Receive a Major Cultural Gift

Major cultural legacy donated to 12 U.S. Tribal colleges

A major U.S. foundation, group of private donors, and Christopher Cardozo Fine Art are donating complete sets of an artisanal Republication of The North American Indian by Edward Curtis to 12 tribal colleges. The donation includes several hundred contemporary Curtis photographs, and a curated, digital collection of materials originally created by Edward Curtis for his landmark photoethnographic publication. With an aggregate value of over $500,000, the donation is being made in recognition of the 10,000 Native Americans who collaborated in the creation of the original publication, and to support current efforts by Native people to reconnect with their history, culture, and traditions.

CAA Receives Major Anonymous Gift to Support Art History Faculty and Students

CAA has received a major anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. 

The gift will establish the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions, a new program to be administered and juried by CAA.

“This incredibly generous gift will not only support art history scholars and students for years to come, it is a powerful message to the visual arts field that their work is as important as ever,” said Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director. “The new Fund also reinforces CAA as the preeminent organization supporting and advancing professionals in the visual arts and design.”

Groundbreaking in its scope, the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions is intended exclusively to enhance the first-hand knowledge of original works of art. The Fund will support travel, lodging, and admission for art history students and faculty in conjunction with special museum exhibitions in the United States and throughout the world. Awards will be made exclusively to support travel to exhibitions that directly correspond to the class content. However, exhibitions on all artists, periods, and areas of art history are eligible.

Awards of up to $10,000 will be granted on a per project basis by a jury formed by CAA to oversee the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.

Applications will be accepted by CAA beginning in fall 2018. All application criteria and information will be listed on the CAA website.

Getty Announces New Conservation Initiative—ArtDaily

Getty Foundation announces new grant initiative to conserve paintings on canvas

The Getty Foundation announced the launch of Conserving Canvas, a new initiative that aims to ensure that critical conservation skills needed to care for paintings on canvas do not disappear. Conserving Canvas will keep much-needed skills alive through a number of grants that support the conservation of paintings, workshops, seminars, training residencies, and a major symposium. The initiative’s initial projects support the study and conservation of world-renowned works on canvas, including Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (1770), Anthony van Dyck’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles I (1637-8), and François Boucher’s Vertumnus and Pomona (1757).

The inaugural Conserving Canvas grantees include The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA; the National Gallery, London; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Statens Historiska Museer, Sweden; Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, the Netherlands; University of Glasgow, Scotland; and Yale University.

Congress has once again rejected Trump’s calls to eliminate the NEA and NEH—artnet News

Despite Threats of Budget-Slashing, the NEA Actually Saw Its Funding Increase in Congress’s Newly Passed Budget

The National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities can breath a sigh of relief. On Wednesday, the US Congress has passed a 2019 budget allotting both contested federal agencies a $155 million budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill was approved by the the Senate with a 92-6 vote yesterday, after previously being passed by the House of Representatives. The new budget increases funding to the two agencies by $2.2 million compared to the 2018 budget. (That budget was only passed in March, despite the fact that the fiscal year begins in October.) The 2017 budget also included a $2 million increase for the agencies.