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). To learn more about the Connecting to Collections Program and its history and legacy, check Connecting to Collections Program, History, and Legacy. 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 December 2014, the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation took over the community, and, with the name change to Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care), it became a formal program of the Foundation. We continue to be funded by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Connecting to Collections Care is committed to serving small and mid-sized cultural institutions and to helping those institutions to care for their collections in the best way possible. Our Advisory Group Charge can be found here.

Our Team

Connecting to Collections Care Leadership Group

  • Emily Rainwater, Chair
    Conservator in the Collection Services Section, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tiffani Emig, FAIC staff liaison
    Programs Director & Administrative Manager, FAIC, Washington, DC
  • Robin Bauer Kilgo (c2cc@culturalheritage.org)
    C2C Care Coordinator, Florida Keys, Florida
  • Nicole Grabow
    Chair of the Professional Development Working Group
    Director of Preventative Conservation, Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ann Kearney
    Chair of the Outreach Working Group
    Collections Conservator, University at Albany—SUNY

Professional Development Working Group

Professional Development Working Group Mission

  • Nicole Grabow, Chair
    Director of Preventative Conservation, Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Reneé Anderson
    Collections Manager, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
  • Heather Galloway
    Conservator, Galloway Art Conservation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Amanda Murray
    Preservation Specialist, Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Megan Narvey
    Outreach Conservator, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Sarah Saxe
    Museums Manager, City of Greeley Museums, Greeley, Colorado

Outreach Working Group

Outreach Working Group Mission

  • Ann Kearney Chair
    Collections Conservator, University at Albany—SUNY
  • Laura Casey
    Museum Services Coordinator, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas
  • John George
    Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York
  • Melissa King
    Graduate Fellow in Preventive Conservation (Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation), Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Washington, DC
  • John E. Simmons
    Museologica Consultant, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
  • Samantha (Sam) Snell
    National Collections Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


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