A number of collecting institutions have used Adopt-an-Object campaigns to raise funds for artifact conservation. Adoption programs offer a unique opportunity for visitors to meaningfully contribute to conservation efforts and to gain a sense of ownership of their favorite objects and institutions. In this live chat event we discussed existing Adopt-an-Object models and explored the lessons learned by the institutions that have used them.
- Capitalize on Collections Care (PDF, 1.1 MB), Heritage Preservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Additional resources from the event:
- Adrienne Berney’s PowerPoint presentation
- Handout from Adrienne’s presentation on customization sources
- Meegan Carr’s PowerPoint presentation
- Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts – an example of raising public awareness for conservation
- Adopt-an-Artifact campaigns in North Carolina – compiled by North Carolina’s Connecting to Collections
- Dallas’ Adopt-A-Monument – an example of an adoption campaign focused on outdoor artifacts through Heritage Preservation’s Save Outdoor Sculpture! program
- Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society’s adoption campaign geared toward school children
- Kickstarter, Power2give, and IndieGoGo were all mentioned as fundraising platforms
- Additional Adopt-an-Object campaigns mentioned included the Penn Museum and The Williamson Museum.
Recorded: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Duration: Approximately 63 minutes
Guest Experts: Meegan Carr, business manager at the National Quilt Museum, and Adrienne Berney, collections care trainer for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ C2C project
Host: Jenny Wiley, Coordinator of Communications and Online Learning, Heritage Preservation