¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 As a national membership organization, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) supports conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 AIC envisions a time when the preservation of cultural material is universally recognized as a critical endeavor that is thoughtfully undertaken and fully supported in order that we may learn from our shared historic and artistic heritage.
Honoring Cultural Heritage
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 AIC promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a means toward a deeper understanding of our shared humanity—the need to express ourselves through achievement in all disciplines. We honor these achievements by preserving them for current and future generations.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 AIC is the voice for cultural heritage preservation. We advocate for responsible public policy founded on the enduring evidence of human imagination, creativity, and achievement.
Education and Lifelong Learning
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 AIC promotes the understanding of the values and contexts of our cultural heritage and encourages informed decision-making in conservation. We advance the attainment of knowledge of materials and technologies and mastery of conservation techniques. We are dedicated to service to the fields of preservation and conservation, research, sharing knowledge with others, and professional development.
Service to Members
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 AIC welcomes any individual, organization, or institution to become a member. We encourage education and networking for professionals, allied professionals, and individuals interested in supporting conservation. We provide and develop services that are responsive to the professional needs of our members.
Equity and Inclusion
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 AIC is committed to the premise that the preservation of cultural heritage is inseparable from our belief that the creative achievements and histories of all peoples must be acknowledged and honored. Through our support of all conservation and heritage professionals, we actively strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment in which all members of our community are valued and respected.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 AIC practices the strategic management of our organization, reflecting our responsibilities to our membership, allied professions, partners, the public, and our cultural heritage preservation mission.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 The following observations, trends, developments, and indicators are drawn from strategic planning discussions based on the AIC and FAIC boards’ experiences and interactions with allied professionals and members, as well as recent events and activities. They serve to describe key considerations that are likely to influence AIC’s direction and success over the next three years.
The Economy and Support for Conservation
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 • Political and economic realities indicate decreased support for funding the arts and culture in future years. This along with the uncertain economic environment will continue to adversely affect conservation practice in all settings.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 • Growing numbers of conservators and collection care professionals and shifting opportunities or priorities in institutions have led to more conservators entering private practice, thus more training in business, administrative, and marketing skills will be needed.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 • A limited universe of private foundations support conservation education, research, and practice, and they will continue to adjust their priorities and giving patterns based upon their individual areas of interest.
Need and Demand for Conservation Services
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 • The growing and changing impact of emerging technologies and expectations for instant access to information will continue be an important consideration for conservators, their clients, the institutions they serve, and the public-at-large.
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 • Awareness and appreciation of conservation, and its role in keeping collections accessible as core resources, is lacking among many leaders of art, science, and humanities institutions.
¶ 21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 • Public awareness of conservation is gradually expanding, in part due to increasingly informed coverage by the press and a greater use of technology and social media showing conservation activities in labs, public spaces, and archaeological sites.
¶ 22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 • Major international and national political and military conflicts that have destroyed, and even specifically targeted, cultural heritage are increasing awareness of the fragility of cultural heritage and the need for protection and preservation.
¶ 23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 • Natural disasters occurring with more intensity and frequency are affecting personal and private collections as well as public collections and are increasing public awareness of cultural heritage emergency response efforts.
¶ 24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 • Conservators in many specialty areas characterize the profession as having made many advances (principally as the result of the application of new and emerging technologies), but also claim that the profession suffers from a sense of disparity between institutional and private conservators.
¶ 26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 • Conservation departments are contributing actively to public outreach and audience development without a commensurate increase in staff levels, while opportunities to advance research and scholarship are minimized.
¶ 27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 • There is a recognized need among conservators for a cross-disciplinary approach and recognition of the importance of expanding relationships with allied professionals.
¶ 28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 • An awareness of the community-based and interdisciplinary nature of conservation today is increasing, along with the need to have buy-in from many different stakeholders.
¶ 30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 • While the Foundation has operated for more than forty years, its operations, purposes, and priorities are not particularly well understood in the conservation community, even within the ranks of AIC.