Time to Apply for Assessments

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Mark you calendars for October 3rd for the release of the 2012 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application. The deadline for applying is December 1st.  Administrators evaluate applications in the order they are received, so it’s in your institution’s best interest to sign up now to receive the application as soon as it’s available and to complete it as soon as possible. 

If your museum is in need of an up-to-date assessment of preventive conservation practices and procedures, then a CAP may be just right for you. A current conservation assessment could benefit your instition in three vital ways: 

  1. formulating long-range conservation plans
  2. gaining internal support for collections care projects
  3. obtaining conservation grants

Please contact the CAP staff at cap@heritagepreservation.org or 202-233-0800 to be added to the application notification list.  Let the CAP staff know whether you would like to receive an email notification of the release of the application online, or whether you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the application.  (CAP hard-copy applications will only be mailed to those who specifically request them.)  Heritage Preservation administers CAP through a cooperative agreement and support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  

CAP is usually free to the awarded institution.  There may be small costs involved in hosting assessors’ meetings with board members and other hospitality incidentals.  Many museums in North Carolina have participated in the past—most recently, the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History in 2010, Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center in 2011, and Chapel Hill’s Charles R. Keith Arboretum in 2011.  This year the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington and the Orange County Historical Museum also participated in Re-CAP assessments, which are available 7 years after an institution received its first CAP. 

If you are considering an assessment for your institution, then you might want to contact someone in our North Carolina museum community with recent CAP experience.  Madeline Flagler, Director of the Wrightsville Beach Museum, heartily recommends the program.  Our office has a list of all NC participants over the years, and we can connect you with a museum close by or one similar to yours in size and/or type. 

If your institution’s collection needs are more general, or if your staff could benefit from expertise in other areas, then the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is worth considering.  Administered by the American Association of Museums, the MAP application is also due December 1st.  This program targets small and mid-sized museums of all types.  There are four categories of MAP assessments: Organizational, Collections Stewardship, Leadership, and Community Engagement.  Contact AAM staff at map@aam-us.org or 202-289-9118 to discuss which type of assessment is best for your institution’s current needs and goals. 

If you’re not feeling ready yet to work with these programs but would like some expert advice for your institution, North Carolina offers several resources.  The North Carolina Museums Council offers a Free On-Site Consultation Service (FOCoS), with a current deadline of January 31, 2012.  Also, our own C2C office and the Federation of Historical Societies exist to help connect your institution and staff to resources, technical know-how, and useful networks.

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Posted on September 22, 2011, in collections access, collections care, collections management, Connecting to Collections, historic houses, historic sites, museums and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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