Wayne State University Art Collection to Participate in Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

DETROIT - The Wayne State University Art Collection (UAC) announces that it is one of 80 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum's collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

"Collection stewardship is a primary goal of our new strategic plan. The preservation and care of this collection is critical, not only for the university but for the city and state as well," said Wayne State UAC Curator and Coordinator Grace Serra. This art collection provides what our municipal museum cannot. It is a documentation and preservation of the cultural heritage of the city of Detroit. The changes experienced in the city, from its early 19th and 20th century grandeur to its decline after the race riots in 1968, can be traced through this collection. It is a representation of the very best of art made and collected in this community."

"Simply by applying for the CAP program, Wayne State University Art Collection has shown a commitment to preserving cultural heritage," said Tiffani Emig, Programs Director for FAIC.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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About Wayne State University Art Collection
Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit's Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 27,000 students. Consisting of over 6,000 works of art, the University Art Collection is guided by the principals that original works of art can be a vital component of higher education. It is used to enhance the academic and life-long learning experiences of students, staff and the community. The collection provides an integral, approachable and authentic art experience to all students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university. To learn more about the University Art Collection, upcoming exhibits or hours, visit artcollection.wayne.edu and follow us on Facebook.

About FAIC
FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC at www.conservation-us.org/foundation.

About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram .

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