These one-day events can be brought directly to your institution. Contact us for more details and pricing.

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Response: The Deep End of Wet Salvage

Describing What You See: Condition Reports

Art and Artifact Handling (1/2 day)

Testing for Arsenic in Collections

Museum Environments 101


The schedule for our Collections Care Series is coming soon.


Writing Grants for Preservation and Conservation Projects
Colin Turner, MACC Executive Director 
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.

Introduction to the Care of Paintings
Rita Berg, MACC Paintings Conservator
This one-day hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the methods and materials used in the preservation of paintings. The workshop will begin with an introduction to different types of paintings and their supports, agents of deterioration, identification and understanding of common condition issues, forms of damage, and how to reduce or slow down the risk of deterioration. Discussion will cover handing, storage, and display guidelines, including lighting and environmental considerations. The second half of the day will comprise of demonstrations and hands-on sessions. Emphasis will be placed on safe handling and movement, when surface dusting is appropriate, and framing using appropriate materials. Options for backing boards, shims, hanging hardware, etc. will be demonstrated. Participants will also learn about proper handling and storage of rolled and unstretched canvases.

Identification and Care of Photographic Materials
Amber Kehoe, Photograph & Preventive Conservator
This one-day, introductory workshop will provide an overview of the major photographic processes of the 19thand 20thcenturies, how photographic materials deteriorate, and a 10-point strategic plan for the preservation of photographic collections including proper storage and display, surveys, conservation treatments, digitization, and advocacy. This workshop will incorporate both PowerPoint lecture and hands-on handling with study collection examples. A comprehensive binder of technical information and resources will be provided for each participant in addition to a digital copy of the PowerPoint.

Integrated Pest Management 
Patrick Kelley, Vice President of Insects Limited, Inc.
Patrick Kelley, Vice President of Insects Limited, Inc. will teach this one-day workshop. Insects and other pests can do irreversible damage to objects of historic and artistic value. Preventing such damage is an essential element of best practice in collection care and requires the design and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy and plan. This workshop will introduce participants to multiples aspects of IPM: policy and procedure; preventing infestation; trapping and monitoring; remedial treatment; basic pest identification. It is designed for small to mid-sized institutions needing to establish or improve an IPM program but would be useful for anyone needing to develop or refresh basic IPM knowledge.

Crash Course – Concepts in Preventive Conservation
Nicole Grabow, MACC Director of Preventive Conservation
In this one-day workshop, participants will explore the concepts behind Preventive Conservation and how small and mid-sized museums can actively build a preventive conservation program for their collections. What is Preventive Conservation? What is the difference between “archival” and “acid free”? We will start by defining essential terms and will broadly cover a variety of topics in the overall care of a mixed media collection. Topics covered will include: defining collection parameters and related policies; environment, light, and agents of deterioration; basic concepts in artifact handling, maintenance, storage, and display; classes of materials and their highest vulnerabilities; Integrated Pest Management and mold prevention; volunteer management; and a discussion of preservation versus access. You don’t need to be a conservator to implement Preventative Conservation practices that will protect and sustain your collection for generations to come. The session will integrate lecture, discussion, and demos in basic handling and cleaning.