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Balboa Art Conservation Center - News from the Western Region Field Service Office
Care of Paper Workshop

BACC is pleased to present a pre-conference workshop, Care of Collections: Paper, at the Western Museum Association’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT on October 9, 2013.

This informative workshop focuses on the specific care needs of paper-based collections. Topics will include the nature of paper, environmental issues, storage and display considerations, as well as the basics of remedial care.

For further information and to register, please visit the Registrars Committee Western Region website HERE.  We hope to see you there!

Other News from the Western Region:
Connecting to Collections Workshop

Subsidized Surveys and Assessments 

Through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, BACC's Western Region Field Service Office is able to offer on-site collections preservation surveys to a select number of institutions within the western region at a subsidized cost. Eligible institutions must be located in California, Washington, Oregon, or Arizona.

Two new surveys focus upon environmental conditions and storage improvements. They are being introduced this year to expand upon our series of subsidized surveys that address general preservation needs, and hazards and disaster planning.

More information on each type of survey, including brief application forms, is now available on BACC’s website HERE. Applications are due November 30, 2013.
Contact the field service staff with any questions at  or (619) 236-9702.

AAM's MAP deadline July 1

Be Prepared!

September is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Month when communities and organizations across the nation promote the value for individuals, families, and businesses of being prepared for emergency situations.

Cultural organizations can also benefit from the tool kits and templates designed by FEMA, which help them to protect not just the collections they house but the people who work for them too!

The main message for September is to stay informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved with your community response coordination before a disaster occurs.

Check out FEMA’s Youtube Channel to get motivated to take action! And visit their website HERE to access their free resources.

Sessions at Conference!

If you can’t make it to our workshop at WMA, then please at least stop by one of the three sessions we will be participating in. Join us in Salt Lake City for some lively and informative discussion sessions on:
  • Coordinated Emergency Preparedness,
  • Modern Museum Lighting: Increasing Controls Reducing Costs, and
  • Field Services 2.0: Creating New Support Models for Small Museums.

To see the full conference program and to find out more about registration, visit the WMA website HERE.
See you in Utah!

Grant Opportunities

Museum Assessment Program:
AAM's next MAP
application deadline is just around the corner on December 1, 2013. The IMLS-funded grants help small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards. 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage and Collections:
NEH’s SCHC grant helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting preventive conservation measures. The deadline for applications for 2014 projects is December 3, 2013.

Optium® Conservation Grant Program:
Funded by Tru Vue and administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, this grant supports projects in glazing applications for the preservation of museum and library collections. The next application deadline is November 1, 2013.


Protecting Cultural Collections:
Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Oct 2 & Nov 6 - Lancaster, CA
Oct 4 & Nov 7 - Seattle, WA

Connecting to Collections Free Webinar Series:
Collections Policies
Oct 2 - Online

Care of Audiovisual Materials
Begins Oct 16 - Online

Outreach Activities for Collections Care
Begins Nov 4 - Online


Field Services is one of BACC’s four primary areas of activity and supports preservation efforts at collections-based institutions throughout our four-state western region: Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Currently in its thirteenth year, the program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.

The Field Service Office offers the following services:

  • Workshops on basic preservation theory and practice
  • On-site preservation planning surveys
  • Consultation on specific preservation issues
  • Reference and technical inquiry response service


PO Box 3755
San Diego, CA 92163

(619) 236-9702
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