This community is for all members and includes a resource library to give members easy access to a variety of our publications and research.
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Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level--where virtually all initial disaster response occurs--is the purpose of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation's Alliance for Response initiative.
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The Archaeological Discussion Group (ADG) is a working group within AIC’s Objects Specialty Group and is open to all AIC members with an interest in archaeological conservation. It is devoted to safeguarding world archaeological heritage and the evidence it preserves of our human past. Our mission is to promote communication between conservators and allied professionals and to represent the interests of the archaeological conservation profession. It’s goals are to advocate for professional ethics, practices, and standards in the conservation of archaeological materials and sites, promote communication between archaeological conservators within AIC, facilitate interdisciplinary relationships and communication between the AIC and the archaeological profession, and provide an archaeological perspective toward AIC objectives.
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Formed in 1988, the purpose of the Architecture Specialty Group is to develop and promote the conservation of immovable cultural property such as buildings, monuments, outdoor sculpture and related heritage sites. The group provides a forum for the exchange of information yielded from practice and research in effort to further the professional standards of architectural conservation. ASG activities include organizing sessions at AIC annual meetings in addition to facilitating other regional conferences. In past years, sessions have followed overall AIC conference themes or concentrated on a unique theme often as part of joint sessions with other AIC specialty groups. Additional conference activities have included discussion groups, technical sessions, and architectural walking tours. ASG provides scholarships and support for emerging professionals to engage them in the field via a network of specialists
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The charge of the committee is to: maintain, monitor, and evaluate the process used to select awardees and to present the awards; promote the importance of the awards and to invite nominations through various sources and means; review applications submitted and to present recommendations of awards to the AIC board; gather biographical information on award recipients and assist with award presentations; recommend the establishment of additional awards to the AIC board, if appropriate.
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The purpose of the Book and Paper Group (BPG) is to exchange information through meetings and publications about the conservation of books and paper materials. Its members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties but share a common interest in the preservation and conservation of artifacts and collections of paper-based materials.
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This free online community allows staff and volunteers at small and mid-sized institutions to pose questions related to collections care. Questions are monitored and referred to a community of experts to elicit the best possible responses. Join the community by creating an account or logging in by selecting the Sign In Here button in the upper right corner.
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Formed in 1986, the purpose of Conservators in Private Practice group is to provide a forum for members to exchange information, suggestions, and tips on the exigencies, challenges, and rewards of running private practice conservation businesses. Its mission is to: 1) to improve and support the business practices of members, to disseminate business and professional information and to encourage business education, study and research by and for its members; 2) to provide a forum for the interests of conservators in private practice within AIC and to promote the interests of conservators in private practice to allied professional organizations and in the open marketplace; 3) To support the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice and to oppose any influence which would tend to lower such standards and ethics; 4) to support just and equitable business practices within the conservation profession.
Formed in 2019, the purpose of the Contemporary Art Network (CAN!) is to: provide a forum for conservators of contemporary art and related professionals to exchange knowledge and ideas across material specializations; encourage recognition of contemporary art as a distinct practice within the profession that requires specific training, skills, and knowledge; and support and advocate for the most informed and appropriate care for contemporary art in the United States and worldwide.
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The purpose of the Electronic Media Group is to preserve electronic art, electronic-based cultural materials, and tools of their creation, and to provide a means for conservators and related professionals to develop and maintain knowledge of relevant new media and emerging technologies.
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ECPN’s Online Community is intended to provide a forum for discussion amongst network members and the interested public. The community provides space for sharing opportunities, making professional connections, participating in fruitful discussions, and promoting increased awareness of the field of conservation. As a participant in this community, you will also have access to other resources on AIC’s Online Community, the AIC blog, and information about upcoming events. The community is open to all emerging conservation professionals, including those just learning about the field and considering a career in conservation. Established conservation professionals are also welcome and encouraged to contribute content and advice to the community. To learn more about ECPN, visit www.culturalheritage.org/emerging.
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This community is for discussions on the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the field of conservation. This community is open to everyone. Information shared through this community may include: related topics for discussion; opportunities for conservation experiences specifically related to efforts to increase equity, inclusion, and diversity; outward facing announcements about equity and inclusion committee work to the larger community, and more.
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The Global Conservation Forum, previously known as the Conservation DistList, is an international forum for discussion on topics relevant to conservation and preservation professionals. The Forum is supported by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC).
The purpose of the Objects Specialty Group is to support the professional development of its membership who treat a broad range of media and objects, including archaeological and ethnographic, decorative arts and sculpture, contemporary art, and historic collections. Its members include conservators employed at museums, private practices, regional centers, universities, and training programs.
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Formed in 1980, the purpose of the Paintings Specialty Group is to improve knowledge of all subjects relating to the conservation of paintings, to promote proficiency and skill in the practice of paintings conservation, and to disseminate related technical and professional information. The group has members from the United States and the international community and includes professionals from historic sites, museums, private practice, and regional centers.
Formed in 1979, making it the first specialty group within AIC, the purpose of the Photographic Materials Group (PMG) is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information about photographic conservation and to promote the development of sound conservation practices, to promote the publication of scholarly articles on photographic conservation and related topics,and to develop closer ties with other related disciplines, and to disseminate responsible information on the care of photographs. Areas of interest mirror the diversity of materials found in photographic media: plastic film, glass, metal, and composite objects including wood, paper prints, and album/book structures.
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Formed in 1992, The purpose of the Research and Technical Studies group is to promote the advancement of scientific research in the field of conservation and to promote effective interaction of conservators and scientists in furthering the development of conservation practice. Research issues are important to all specialty groups, yet they are not the first priority of any other group. The function of this group is to support those who are involved in research efforts within the conservation field, and to help promote and advance scientific efforts in conservation. Another function of this subgroup is to foster increased interaction and communication between conservators of all disciplines and scientists of all disciplines relevant to conservation.
Formed in 1982, the purpose of the Textile Specialty Group is to support the professional development of textile conservators. The group includes conservators working at museums, in private practice, universities, regional centers, and training programs and provide a valuable professional network for textile conservation. Members focus on a wide range of subjects, materials research and analysis, case studies, techniques, costume, tapestry and upholstery conservation, and archaeological and ethnographic issues.
Formed in 1986, the purpose of the Wooden Artifacts Group (WAG) is to improve knowledge of all subjects related to the conservation of wooden objects, to promote proficiency and skill in the practice of conservation of those objects, and to disseminate technical and professional information related to them. It deals with topics such as upholstery ethnographic carvings, architecture paintings on wood panels, insect fumigation, and, of course furniture.