About Connecting to Collections Care

This community began in 2010 as Connecting to Collections Online Community, a part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) national initiative, Connecting to Collections (C2C). Initially, this Online Community was moderated by Heritage Preservation in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History and funded by the IMLS. In January 2015, after the closure of Heritage Preservation, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation took over the program and the name changed to Connecting to Collections Care Online Community. In spite of the change in our name and management, the goals for this Online Community remain the same – we are still here to serve smaller cultural institutions and to help you to care for your collections in the best way possible.

Our Team

The Leadership Committee

  • Rachael Arenstein – Chair
    A.M. Art Conservation, LLC and AIC e-Editor, New York
  • Eric Pourchot
    Institutional Advancement Director, FAIC, Washington, DC
  • M. Susan Barger
    Online Community Coordinator, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Sarah Norris
    Chair of the Webinar Advisory Committee
  • Priscilla Anderson
    Chair of the Online Community Advisory Committee

Webinar Advisory Committee

  • Sarah Norris, Chair
    Conservator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, Texas
  • Danielle Hall Bennett
    Associate Registrar for Collection Management, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
    Board Member, Association of Collections Specialists (ARCS)
  • Lori Benson
    Independent Museum Professional and Instructor, Museum Study, LLC, Bath, Maine
  • Heather Galloway
    Conservator, Galloway Art Conservation, Cleveland, Ohio


Online Community Committee

Online Committee Mission

  • Priscilla Anderson, Chair
    Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Laura Casey
    Museum Services Coordinator, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas
  • Gretchen Guidess
    Associate Conservator of Objects and Textiles, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Kelly Krish
    Preventive Conservation Specialist, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester, New York
  • John E. Simmons
    Museologica Consultant, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Elder (Past chair)
    Conservation Heritage Preservation, Austin, Texas
Our Monitors


Angela M Andres • Anisha Gupta • Anne Schaffer • April Smith • Athena Moore • Charlotte Gamper • Charlotte Parent • Elizabeth LaDuc • Erin Kraus • Erin McGovern • Heather Brown • Heather Brown • Jen Hunt Johnson • Jennifer Hunt Johnson • Jessica Walthew • Kaela Nurmi • Kesha Talbert • Lindsay Schettler • Lissa Kramer • Liz McDermott • Louise Stewart Beck • Maggie Wessling • Malia Van Heukelem • Margaret (Maggie) Wessling • Marianne Kelsey • MaryAnn Gabriel • Miriam Centeno • Nicole Peters • Patricia Selinger • Priscilla Anderson • Quinn Ferris • Rebecca Gridley • Robert Kreuger • Sara Andrews • Sara Levin • Tammy Fishman Zavinski •



Amy Sullivan • Anastasia Matijkiw • Andrea Chevalier • Andrew Hare • Ann Kearney • Anne Downey • Barbara Appelbaum • Daniela Leonard • Danielle Bennett • Deborah Howe • Deborah Trupin • Donia Conn • Doug Sanders • Dyani Feige • Mary E Cunningham-Kruppa • Gawain Weaver • George Schwartz • Ingrid Neuman • Jackie Ben-Efraim • Jamie Hascall • Jennifer Teper • Kathy Lechuga • Katja Gibsom • Kim R. Du Boise • Laura McCann • Lisa Elkin • Lisa Goldberg • Malia Van Heukelem • Marc Williams • Marie Schlag • Mary Gridley • Meg Newburger • Michelle Kinney • Patricia Elinger • Phillip Brutz • Priscilla Anderson • Rachael Arenstein • Rachel Lapkin • Ramona Duncan-Huse • Rick Kerschner • Rob Waller • Roy Canizaro • Sarah C. Steiner • Scott M. Haskins • Shannon Zachary • Sharlane Gubkin • Susan Duhl • Suzanne Quigley • Tad Fallon • Tara D. Kennedy • Toni Kiser •


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