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Connect to Conservation: Collections Care Workshop

Thursday, August 19, 2021
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

Connect to Conservation: Collections Care Workshop

In our continuing collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we're excited to present the lastest installment of the Connect to Conservation Collections Care Workshops.

This informative day will feature collections care training with a nod toward conservation with conservators Debbie Linn, Assistant Chief Conservator, and Stephen Bonadies, Chief Conservator and Senior Deputy Director, and Leila Sabouni, Assistant Conservator and IMLS Fellow, who bring expertise in works on paper, paintings, and objects.

With a combination of short lectures and hands-on activities, the workshop will focus on basics of collections care including object handling, labeling, and risk assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to handle various types of art and historical materials, learn several labeling techniques for two and three dimensional works, and break into groups to conduct brief risk assessments of collections and non-collections spaces on the VMFA campus. We will also discuss funding opportunities and how these risk assessments can inform and facilitate fund raising efforts.

This workshop is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), grant number MA-30-17-0132-17.

*Virginia Certificate in Museum Management credit:

This workshop provides one (1) credit in Collections & Exhibitions curriculum credit toward VAM's Certificate in Museum Management


August 19
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Check-in Registrants/Attendees check in at the entry to the VMFA
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Presentations and Activities
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break Registrants/Attendees have lunch on their own
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Presentations, Activities, Tour

For More Information:

Christina Newton
Christina Newton
Director of Outreach & Engagement Historic Germanna

*Please register to attend this limited capacity in-person workshop.

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