Colum­bus Mu­seum se­lected for pres­ti­gious CAP pro­gram

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COLUM­BUS ( AP) — There are only 75 places in Amer­ica that have been cho­sen for the in­au­gu­ral Col­lec­tions As­sess­ment for Preser­va­tion pro­gram, and The Colum­bus Mu­seum is one of them.

The ini­tia­tive, known as the CAP pro­gram, is a new ven­ture from the Foundation of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute for Con­ser­va­tion of His­toric and Artist Works. The pro­gram works to gauge the strengths and needs of in­di­vid­ual in­sti­tu­tions in the area of coll ec­tion care. This i s achieved through a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion of each col­lec­tion, site and in­ter­views with staff mem­bers present at the time of the ex­am­i­na­tion.

“The CAP pro­gram of­fers fresh per­spec­tives as part of the mu­seum’s longterm plan­ning for our col­lec­tions stor­age area,” said Aimee Brooks, col­lec­tions man­ager at The Colum­bus Mu­seum. “Col­lec­tions care is es­sen­tial from the mo­ment new pieces en­ter the Mu­seum. The CAP as­sess­ment will fur­ther en­hance our abil­ity to prop­erly care for our cur­rent col­lec­tion as well as fu­ture ac­qui­si­tions with rec­om­men­da­tions for stor­age so­lu­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum, “a team of two preser­va­tion pro­fes­sion­als will spend two days sur­vey­ing the site and meet­ing with staff be­fore pre­par­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­port that will iden­tify preven­tive con­ser­va­tion pri­or­i­ties.”

The CAP pro­gram is ad­min­is­tered by FAIC through a part­ner­ship with the In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices, a fed­eral grant mak­ing agency that sup­ports mu­se­ums and li­braries. The FAIC places a high im­por­tance on con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach ser­vices, while the IMLS re­mains the pri­mary source of fed­eral sup­port for the na­tion’s li­braries and mu­se­ums.

The Colum­bus Muse- um’s CAP pro­gram par­tic­i­pa­tion is made pos­si­ble by a grant from the 2017 CAP or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“The grant from the 2017 Col­lec­tions As­sess­ment for Preser­va­tion pro­gram en­ables The Colum­bus Mu­seum to have a com­pre­hen­sive con­ser­va­tion as­sess­ment, in­clud­ing of our col­lec­tions stor­age,” said Mar­i­anne Richter, di­rec­tor of The Colum­bus Mu­seum. “We are grate­ful to have re­ceived this grant from the Foundation of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute for Con­ser­va­tion and the In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices. We look for­ward to hav­ing ex­perts in the field of con­ser­va­tion visit the Mu­seum for re­view and rec­om­men­da­tions.”

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