Update from the Chair

AIC News Network Column, May 2021

2021 AIC/SPNHC Virtual Annual Meeting
ECPN is excited to announce three events:
› Conservation in a Changing World Tuesday, May 18th 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join ECPN for a moderated panel reflecting on core concepts concerning levels of education, equity and inclusion, discriminatory and predatory salary practices, and how these areas intersect with each other. With this panel, we hope to reflect on the future of our profession, discussing how we can work towards creating a more equitable and diverse field.

For more details, visit: https://bit.ly/3tEJ4RW.
Submit your questions to: ecpn.vicechair@culturalheritage.org.

› Information Meeting and Happy Hour Tuesday, May 18th, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Hear an update on ECPN initiatives, meet our new officers, and take part in an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, and learn how to get involved. Conference attendees at any career stage are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Find our more here: https://bit.ly/3r68WV5.

Making the Ask: Developing Negotiation Tactics in the Field of Conservation
ECPN and FAIC are excited to announce that the “Making the Ask “ workshop is now available for FREE as a self-study course. Gain long-term negotiation skills beneficial for all career stages by accessing the course at: https://bit.ly/3tivVOx.

Professional Education and Training (PET) Resources
Interview Series
Pre-program Mentors Series, with the release of two new interviews:
› Amanda Holden, Senior Conservator of Textiles at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields (March 2021)
› Kate Morrand, Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory (May 2021)

ECPN is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with the FAIC Oral History Project. Going forward, all interviews with emerging conservation professionals will also be archived, including: Graduate Program Liaisons, Specialty Group Liaisons, Specialty Groups Series, International Education Series, PreProgram Mentors Series, and “Creative Endeavors and Expressive Ideas” series.

ECPN Compensation Spreadsheets
PET Officers have continued reviewing online fellowship and internship job postings so that relevant data can be entered into ECPN’s Compensation Spreadsheets. This year they have added 7 fellowships, 9 graduate internships, and 10 pre-program internships. You can contribute by filling out our survey.

Join us for Conservators Combating Climate Change: Season 2
Conservators Combating Climate Change returned for a second season with cohost and founder Natalya Swanson joined by Marie Desrochers. In this season, we focus on the intersectional nature of sustainability work by speaking with heritage and environmental conservators, educators, architects, and engineers about ongoing collaborative projects. Ten episodes are being released weekly throughout April and May, so subscribe and tune in on https://anchor.fm/conservatorscombatingcc.

Write with feedback and questions to ecpn.aic.digitalplatforms@gmail.com.

End of Term
The 2020-21 term comes to a conclusion at the end of May, and I will end my tenure with ECPN. The past term has proceeded through unprecedented challenges; despite this, the ECPN officers and liaisons have generously volunteered their time to create programming, resources, and events. Each term, ECPN officers and liaisons astound me with what they can accomplish through their hard work and creativity. I am especially grateful to them as they helped navigate the network through a pandemic and grew our supportive community. Over the past five years, it has been an honor for me to serve AIC and the emerging conservation community. I hope I have been able to give back a fraction of the support I have received as an emerging conservator. I look forward to the next chapter of ECPN and to utilizing the amazing resources I know they will create.

—Caitlin Richeson, Chair, ecpn.chair@culturalheritage.org

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