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Workshop on setting up a conservation practice

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot>
Date: Monday, September 27, 2004
Business and Management Practices for Conservators
Setting up a Conservation Practice

AIC is pleased to announce a new online course, "Setting up a
Conservation Practice."  The course will run October 21 - November
19, 2004.  Each week features readings, exercises, discussions, and
resources to explore the steps needed to define, establish, finance,
and organize a conservation practice.  The course will require about
four hours per week to complete, but learners can participate at any
hour of the day.  See details and a special discount offer at
<URL:>, or
contact Eric Pourchot at epourchot [at] aic-faic__org or 202-452-9545,
ext. 12.

Do you find yourself thinking about establishing your own
professional conservation practice?   Do you have a full-or
part-time practice now, but want to become more "business-like"
about what you're doing?  Have you recently taken on some managerial
functions for your employer, and find you want more information?

AIC is pleased to announce a new online course, "Setting up a
Conservation Practice," to meet the needs of conservators who own or
manage a professional conservation business.   In this course, you
will encounter readings, case studies, work sheets, presentations,
and exercises to get you thinking and planning for success.  On-line
discussion forums allow you to draw on the combined experience of
other participants, the course facilitator, and select outside
experts.  Best of all, "Setting up a Conservation Practice" comes to
you.  All you need is a computer with Internet access and you are
ready to learn.

About the course: "Setting up a Conservation Practice" is a
four-week course.  Registered participants will be able to enter the
course Website on October 20.  The course will begin on Thursday,
October 21 and continue, with new activities and discussions each
week, through November 19.

What the course will cover:

    Week 1  Defining a Practice
    Week 2  Establishing a Practice
    Week 3  The Finances of a Practice
    Week 4  Organizing a practice

In this course, you will learn to:

    *   Recognize the advantages and drawbacks of private practice

    *   Identify and define the documents that provide short and
        long term business guidance

    *   Understand the advantages and drawbacks of various business
        structures, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, and

    *   Understand the role of legal, accounting, finance,
        marketing, employment, and other expertise in business
        management and maintenance

    *   Use model documents and spreadsheets to plan your business

    *   Locate additional resources on the internet and elsewhere to
        assist in setting up a private practice

About the series:

    "Setting Up a Conservation Practice" is the first course in
    AIC's new series, "Business and Management Practices for
    Conservators." Funded by The Getty Grant Program, the series
    will introduce and enhance AIC members' basic business skills,
    all with a focus on what conservators need to know. In the
    coming months, watch for other courses to be added--on
    insurance, contracts, supervision and employment, record keeping
    and documentation, marketing, and other aspects of managing
    conservation businesses and departments, and more!

Time Requirements:

    Expect to spend two to four hours per week on the course.  You
    choose when, according to your own schedule--at noon during your
    lunch break, in the evening with a cup of coffee by your side,
    or at 6 in the morning in your favorite jammies.

Technical Requirements:

    PC or Mac with Internet access. Browser:  if using Microsoft
    Windows, you will need either MS Internet Explorer 5.0 or later,
    or Netscape Navigator 6.2.  If you are using Apple MacIntosh,
    you will need Netscape Navigator 6.2 or Mozilla 1.5 or later.
    Technical support (by email or phone) will be available while
    the class is in session between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.


    The fee for this course is $120 for AIC members, $180 for
    non-members.  To register, complete and return the attached
    form.  The registration deadline is October 21, 2005

Adventurer's special:

    At the end of the Fall 2004 session you will be asked to
    complete a course evaluation.  Return your completed evaluation
    by December 3 to receive a credit of $120 toward a future AIC
    workshop it's like getting two courses for the price of one!

About the Facilitator:

    Sarah Lowengard, Ph.D., has more than twenty years' teaching
    experience in both formal university classrooms and informal
    education programs.  She has developed, taught, or led courses,
    workshops, and tutorials in art conservation, collections care,
    history, academic research and materials analysis.  A
    private-practice art conservator since 1979, she initiated the
    Conservation Course Syllabus Web pages for Conservation OnLine
    and served on the AIC Education and Training Committee.

The creation of this course was funded in part by a grant from The
Getty Grant Program.  The course was created by and will be
initially facilitated by Sarah Lowengard.  Instructional design is
by Roberta Westwood of iCohere. Contributors and reviewers include
Jeff Brechlin, Elizabeth S. Goins, Eric Pourchot, Colin Turner, and
Katharine Untch.

Eric Pourchot, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Professional Development
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K Street, NW,  Suite 200
Washington DC 20006
202-452-9545, extension 12
Fax: 202-452-9328

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:17
                 Distributed: Thursday, October 7, 2004
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Received on Monday, 27 September, 2004

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