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Workshop on setting up a conservation practice

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Monday, February 7, 2005
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
presents an online course: Business and Management Practices for
Conservators: "Establishing A Conservation Practice"

AIC is pleased to announce a new offering of the online course,
"Establishing a Conservation Practice," to meet the needs of
conservators who wish to own or manage a professional conservation
business.  The course has been revised from feedback received from
the pilot offering in fall 2004.  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, "Establishing a Conservation Practice" comes to you.
All you need is a computer with Internet access and you are ready to

About the course: "Establishing a Conservation Practice" is a
four-week course.  The course will begin on Thursday, February 24,
2005 and continue, with new activities and discussions each week,
through March 23.  Course materials will remain available to
participants through April 20. 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: "Establishing a Conservation Practice" is part of
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 marketing (starting April
28, 2005), insurance, contracts, supervision and employment, record
keeping and documentation, lab safety, and other aspects of managing
conservation businesses and departments.

Time Requirements: Expect to spend at least six 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, Mozilla 1.5 or later, or Safari.

Registration: The fee for this course is $120 for AIC members, $180
for non-members. Participants will be accepted in order of receipt
of paid registration. Forms are available at
<URL:> or from

    Eric Pourchot
    1717 K Street NW
    Washington DC 20036
    202-452-9545, ext. 12

The registration deadline is February 21, 2005. Early registration
is advised.

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.

Eric Pourchot, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Professional Development American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:37
                Distributed: Wednesday, February 9, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-18-37-011
Received on Monday, 7 February, 2005

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