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Grout Museum District to Participate in Collections Assessment for Preservation Program


[Waterloo, IA]  The Grout Museum District announces that it is one of 75 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. A team of two preservation professionals will spend two days surveying the site and meeting with staff before preparing a comprehensive report that will identify preventive conservation priorities. The assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

The Grout Museum District expects the program to be a first step in the next phase of its collections care work. Judy Burfeind, board member said, “Our collection(s) and archives are the soul of the Grout Museum District which are used in fulfilling our mission of preserving area history and providing exhibits and educational opportunities. As staff and volunteer board members worked this past year developing a new Strategic Platform for the Museum District we determined a need to increase the efficiency, impact and coordination of our collections while also identifying any gaps in our collections’ content. We are pleased with this grant award as these goals fit perfectly with the scope of the upcoming CAP assessment process.”

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

Museum Contact: Nick Erickson
Phone: 319-234-6357

FAIC Contact: Tiffani Emig
Phone: 202-750-3346

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