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NMWA to Participate in Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program

May 23 2014

WASHINGTON—Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce that the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). NMWA joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its 22-year history of serving museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings, and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions. NMWA has been awarded $6,840 to hire two conservation professionals. The funds are administered by Heritage Preservation.

Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised NMWA for “making the vital work of caring for collections and site a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and historic building. Professional conservators will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing comprehensive reports that will identify conservation priorities. The onsite consultation will enable NMWA to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures and environmental conditions. The assessment reports will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range and long-range care of their collection and historic structure. By participating in CAP, NMWA expects to refine their long-term conservation plans and fully implement a preventative conservation program for both their collection and their historic building.

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