Top 10 Endangered Artifacts
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS AWARDS $18,500 TO MUSEUMS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS
Following a week-long online voting competition that generated over 19,000 votes from the public, and the selection of an independent, professional panel of conservators and preservationists, VAM is proud to award $18,500 in conservation grants to ten historic and cultural organizations from across the Commonwealth to help in the care of Virginia's historic and cultural treasures.
The six remaining 2017 Honorees of the Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program will each receive $750 - $500 toward conservation/preservation efforts and $250 toward professional development in the field.
An awards ceremony will take place during a special legislative reception at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia on February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. following Virginia Museums Advocacy Day, presented by the Virginia Association of Museums.
This is the first time that VAM has been able to provide direct financial support to its members for conservation efforts, and is made possible through a generous gift of the Blandford-Rees Foundation in recognition of the association's 50th Anniversary.
Over the past six years, the Virginia Association of Museums has successfully promoted awareness of collections care and the efforts of museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia to care for their cultural and historical treasures, which is an expensive and time-consuming effort. In fact, over a 150 organizations have benefited from participating and the spotlight that the program has provided has generated extensive publicity, new supporters and volunteers, and access to funding to conserve and preserve their artifacts.
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums and was originally funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant. Due to its success, the program has been replicated in other states and recognized as one of the most successful outcomes of the Connecting to Collections grant program.