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Outreach Session

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th, 2012

8:30  AM -10:00 AM
Announcements and Award Presentations

All-Attendee Samuel Jones Keynote

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Articulating Value Session

This session will explore the issue of how the value of cultural heritage and the importance of the process of conservation are articulated and framed – by conservators and others – in the face of disaster – and under more stable circumstances. Cultural heritage viewed as a non-renewable resource poses the question in terms of long-term stewardship rather than short-term gain.  The question of putting monetary value to cultural heritage damage intersects with our difficulty in investing decision makers of its importance. Contributors: James Janowski, Katherine Sanderson, Fei Wen Tsai, and Mary Striegel

All-Attendee Presentation
Why and How Museums and Conservators Should Nudge Conservation Forward

At a time when journalism is struggling and when journalism about art is increasingly falling away, how can conservators present stories about art and about their practice to the public? Green will discuss why museums should re-consider the role conservators play in the museum -- and how conservators can present their practice to the public at large both independently and in conjunction with art museums. Speaker: Tyler Green

12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Luncheon: Linking Environmental and Heritage Conservation: Presentations, Discussions and Tips
Hosted by the Sustainable Conservation Practice Committee
Ticket Required: $8 

2:00 PM-3:30 PM &
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Outreach to Allies Session:
Conservators interact with scientists and other museum professionals tasked with collections care in various ways. In this session, we will consider issues limiting the flow of information between conservators and scientists, how to communicate research priorities to funders and partners, how conservators in private practice interface with museum staff to enhance collections care and funding opportunities, and what opportunities AIC offers presently and potentially in the future to advance collections care collaborations with other museum professionals. Contributors: Pip Laurenson, Rustin Levenson, Veronica Romero, Lia Kramer, Jennifer Cruise, Leslie Courtois, M. Susan Barger, Jennifer Hain-Teper, Felicity Devlin, Nicholas Dorman, Rachael Arenstein, and the Collections Care Network organizing committee

THURSDAY, MAY 10th, 2012

 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM &
10:30 PM – 12:00 PM

Public Art Outreach Session:
Public art projects are uniquely well-suited to provide opportunities for public awareness of conservation and public involvement.  These projects may be carefully planned, sometimes spanning decades, as for creation and preservation of public murals, and unplanned, as in guerilla art projects.  Aspects of outreach not always associated with conservation projects will be explored which range from novel techniques such as crowdsourcing, to Wikipedia. Contributors: Kristen Laise, Richard McCoy, Andrea Morse, Leslie Rainer, and Fabio Carrera

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Honorary Award Presentation
Anniversary Celebration with Cake
Bylaws Topic Session
Environmental Guidelines Update

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Seven Concurrent Outreach Sessions
Communicating Conservation:
Join conservators experienced in developing content for print, social media, and television for a conversation exploring what makes for effective, engaging, appropriate content in various arenas. We will consider what web analytics and other metrics can tell us about who is consuming our content and how participation in an organization’s blog or social media efforts affects the manner in which conservators are viewed within their own institutions. Contributors: Rosa Lowinger, Heidi Sobol, Mark Farmer, Melissa Tedone, Beth Doyle, and Nancie Ravenel

Conservation and Education I:
This session will focus on education projects in K-12 programs.  The K-12 Outreach Working Group will provide a forum for conservators involved in K-12 education outreach to share ideas and experiences with participants, resulting in the creation of lesson plans and activities which can be used as a basis for future programs. Contributors: Beth Edelstein and Kate Ottavino

Conservation and Education II:
This session addresses approaches to incorporating preservation and conservation awareness into undergraduate, graduate school programs and their introduction to non-conservators.  Conservators will discuss courses offered in conservation and preservation to undergraduates, as well as ways in which collections care concepts are introduced to non-conservators, and the values of working with allied professions. Contributors: Norman Muller, Ingrid Neuman, Nina Roth-Wells, Lauren Lessing, Holly Jones-Amin, and Katharine Untch

Conservation Conversations – Audience, Fundraising, Institutional Support and Career Paths:
Come not to find answers but to join in the conversations. This session will provoke discussions of audience, fundraising, outreach successes and failures, and draw upon compelling stories from conservators whose career paths have diverged from hands-on treatment. Contributors: Carmen Li, Scott Carrlee, Sari Uricheck, Julie Heath, and others.

Case Studies I: Public Outreach in the Developing World:
This session will discuss several international initiatives to provide conservation training, resources and public education in underserved areas of the globe.  A number of projects will be shared, several relating specifically to photographic projects and the importance of training as well as promotion of the concept of preservation in the Middle East and Latin America.  The work of Heritage Without Borders will be discussed as a model for deploying volunteer museum professionals to training and outreach projects in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Contributors: Dominica D’Arcangelo, Nora Kennedy, Debra Hess Norris, Zeina Arida, Rima Makaeish, Tram Vo, and Paez Cure

Case Studies II: Disaster Outreach:
This session details the challenges and opportunities for furthering conservation goals under the circumstances of disaster.  Examples include outreach and information dissemination after 2009 bushfires in Australia, the work of AIC-CERT in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding, and methods for incorporating disaster recovery strategies into museum design. Contributors: Susan Mathisen, Kathleen Maher, Lori Foley, and Alexandra Ellem

Case Studies III: Outreach Tools:
This Session describes specific projects which have connected the public with conservation under a variety of different circumstances, including preservation fairs, social media, museum displays, and historic sites. Contributors: Gretchen Anderson, Scott Haskins, Stephanie Jewell, Jessica Arista, Terry Drayman-Weisser, Glenn Gates, Howard Wellman, Lisa Young, L.H. Shockey, Vera De La Cruz Baltazar, Georgina Saldaña Wonchee, and Boris Marquez

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Award Presentations

"In Praise of Conservators and Conservation"

Once again, we go back to the drawing board to think of ways to affect public policy and convince people of the importance of caring for their own heritages.  We need to regroup and become part of the discussion in every discipline. This is more than a call to action but the launch of another, invigorated phase of conservation/preservation/protection.  Let us work this out together.  I have a few ideas.
Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice

Q & A

FRIDAY, MAY 11th, 2012

7:30 AM-9:30 AM
AIC Business Meeting
(Breakfast will be provided)

9:30 PM – 12:00 PM
Exhibiting Ourselves: Presenting Conservation:
In this interactive session, the audience and presenters will explore issues related to conservation outreach through exhibitions. Presentations will examine a range of topics including: research on methodologies for communicating preservation in exhibitions; the benefits and challenges of working in a visible conservation lab; exhibitions which incorporate technical information; an exhibition that highlights preservation principles outside of a museum; and conservation and preservation information as part of the narrative in a new museum. Following the presentations, audience break-out groups will be tasked with exploring and brainstorming solutions to issues related to the session theme. Contributors: Tom Learner, Sophia Papida, Suzanne Davis, Christopher McAfee, Irene Peters, Emily Williams, Cynthia Albertson, and Sanchita Balachandran

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Session: Working With Artists:
Working with Artists provides an opportunity to explore the interaction of conservators and artists in developing strategies for conservation and display. Case studies include contemporary media installations and exhibitions of traditional cultural objects. Attendees are invited to contribute, participate and interact with the case study presentations.  A sense of current opinion by the conservator attendees will be captured and evaluated by the session organizers. Ticket Required $8 ( for the lunch) Contributors: Charles Stable, Landis Smith, Nancy Odegaard, and Glenn Wharton

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Great Debate:
This Session offers fresh, fun approach to increased dialogue at the Annual Meeting, The Great Debate will feature up-and-coming and leading conservators competing as teams in an Oxford-Style Debate format with the topics chosen only weeks before the meeting. Coordinator: Richard McCoy

Communicating the Haiti Recovery Project – Outreach and Reportage:
In this panel, individuals who worked on the Haiti Recovery Project in different capacities and wrote about it and/ or reported it through conferences, seminars, blogging and other reportage will discuss how conservation information was and continues to be disseminated and portrayed in diverse media. Panelists will touch on their roles as communicators in sensitive, cross- cultural environments, and the ways in which lack of information control can be problematic. Contributors: Rosa Lowinger, Stephanie Hornbeck, Viviana Dominguez, and Eric Pourchot

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
All Attendee Outreach Recap Session