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From: Anderson, Susan K. [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:04 PM
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Subject: [museum] FW: Cultural Recovery Center to Open in Brooklyn
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From: Delaware Valley Archivist Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of SusanDuhl
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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Subject: Cultural Recovery Center to Open in Brooklyn
Cultural Recovery Center to Open in Brooklyn
A temporary facility to provide volunteer assistance and work space to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, galleries, collectors, and artists will open in Brooklyn the week of December 10.
Access to some collections, including those of individual artists, is only now becoming possible. Even artwork that has been dried still may need rinsing and cleaning to remove residues and mold spores. The Cultural Recovery Center will offer space and expertise to help owners stabilize their collections.
FAIC and its partners have been offering crucial disaster response assistance to cultural organizations and artists in need in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In the first 10 days after the storm struck, FAICís Collection Emergency Response Teamís (AIC-CERT) 24-hour hotline (202-661-8068) fielded over 55 calls from collectors, artists, and museums. AIC-CERT and NewYork area volunteers are working with approximately 120 small collections, galleries, and artists in New York and New Jersey to recover collections. In addition, AIC member conservators in private practices throughout the New York City region are helping owners preserve their collections.
Funding for the Center has been provided by a leadership gift to FAIC from Sothebyís. The Smithsonian Institution and a grant to Heritage Preservation from the New York Community Trust, as well as support from TALAS, have enabled purchase of supplies. The Center has also been outfitted with supplies donated by Materials for the Arts, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional donations to FAIC have come from PINTA, The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show; Tru Vue; members of the American Institute for Conservation; and others.
More information about these volunteer services can be found at www.conservation-us.org/cert<http://www.conservation-us.org/cert> Information for owners of cultural materials can be found at: http://www.moma.org/explore/collection/conservation/recovery
Contact: Eric Pourchot Phone: (202) 661-8061 Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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