Upcoming Workshops

Workshop programming for 2018 has completed.
Please check back for new 2019 workshops.

Writing Grants for Preservation & Conservation Projects
Colin Turner, MACC Executive Director and Elisa Redman MACC Director of Preventive Conservation
November 2, 2018: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Prepare for federal, state, regional, and local grant application opportunities. This workshop will teach the essential grant writing strategies to gain funding for preservation and conservation related projects such as: obtaining supplies and materials for the basic re-housing of collections, buying storage upgrades, getting monitoring equipment, receiving a general preservation needs assessment survey, providing staff trainings, and having conservation treatments performed on your art and artifacts.
Learn the prioritized collections care protocol to make sure appropriate projects are developed in a logical progression and with an accompanying funding strategy. Learn how to: conduct an internal review, develop a long range conservation plan, write an effective proposal, plan and substantiate a budget, and find matching funds.
Descriptions and information will be presented on federal grants available from: the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services; grants available through state agencies in the Midwest; along with funding from private and corporate regional foundations. Each participant will receive a notebook of grant writing materials and can follow-up with MACC staff as they develop applications.

Cost: $95. Register here.

Summer Collection Care Workshop Series

Photodocumentation
Charles Walbridge, Conservation Photographer
August 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Photodocumentation is integral to many aspects of collection record-keeping, from loan exams and new acquisitions to damage reports. This workshop will focus on techniques for documenting both two and three-dimensional collection objects. It will cover the importance of consistent file naming, image metadata, and image backup and archiving.  It will also provide participants with hands-on training and direction for taking consistent, quality images using low and medium range technology equipment particularly useful for those with a small budget and limited facilities.

Cost: $50. Register here.

Identification and Care of Still Photographic Materials
Dianna Clise, Senior Paper Conservator
July 13, 2018: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art

This workshop provides a basic overview of the methods and materials used to preserve still photographic materials collections. Included will be an introduction to the identification of photographic negative and print processes, a hands-on ID lab using negatives and prints from MACC’s photographic study collection, a discussion of the agents of deterioration in photographic materials, and a demonstration of proper exhibition and storage materials.

Cost: $50. Register here.

Museum Environments: Sustainable Solutions
Elisa Redman, Director of Preservation Services
June 1, 2018: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Participants will gain an overview of the importance of environment for museum collections, both those on exhibit and in storage. The workshop will focus on the use of simple monitoring equipment including HOBO® and PEM2 data loggers and Elsec 765 UV and visible light meters. We will review how environmental factors including temperature, RH and high light levels affect collection materials over time. Since many small and medium-sized collecting institutions have minimal HVAC systems for internal environmental controls, the use of seasonal set points and slow adjustments between extremes will be reviewed. Techniques for limiting light levels will also be discussed, as well as practical, low-cost steps that museum staff members may take for limiting light exposure to their collections. Each participant will receive technical leaflets for further reading, as well as information on obtaining grant funding for purchasing the equipment discussed.

Cost: $50. Register here.

Safe Handling Practices & Basic Collections Care
Nicole Grabow, Senior Objects Conservator and Preservation Conservator
May 4, 2018: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

This workshop is intended for collections staff that cares for art and artifacts. Topics will include art handling and transporting within a museum, dust elimination, and collections care methods and tools for various media. Objects from MACC’s study collection will be used for hands-on art movement demonstration and practice. Time will be built in to address questions on specific collection needs and conservator recommendations.

Cost: $50. Register here.

Previous Workshop Topics:

Developing a Collections Policy for Your Institution 
Art Handling & Basic Collections Care
Fundamentals in Collections Storage & Environment
Writing Condition Reports
Health & Safety: Hazardous Materials in Your Collection
After a Disaster: Response and Salvage of Collection Materials and Artifacts
Integrated Pest Management
Fundamentals in Art and Artifact Storage
Introduction to the Preservation of Metals
Care of Outdoor Sculpture

We also publish Technical Leaflets on a variety of collections care topics. Contact us for more information.