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Subject: Online course on insurance and contracts for conservation

Online course on insurance and contracts for conservation

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation
of Historic and Artistic Works presents a FAIC online course:

Mitigating Risk:  Contracts and Insurance for Conservation

FAIC <URL:> is pleased to offer an online
course to meet the needs of conservators who own or manage a
professional conservation business or laboratory, "Mitigating Risk:
Contracts and Insurance for Conservation" provides readings, case
studies, work sheets, presentations, and exercises to get you
thinking and planning. You will identify the risks you face, and
learn how to reduce those risks and how to manage risks through the
use of contracts, insurance, and other means. Online discussion
forums allow you to draw on the combined experience of other
participants, the course facilitator, and select outside experts.
Best of all, "Mitigating Risk" comes to you.  All you need is a
computer with Internet access and you are ready to learn.

"Mitigating Risk" is a four-week course.  The course will begin on
Thursday, July 10 and continue, with new activities and discussions
each week, through August 6.  The course site will remain available
for reference and downloads for two weeks after the course ends. The
instructor, Sarah Lowengard, will guide discussions and offer tips
and resources beyond what you find on the course site.  You may work
on the course at any time within each week.

What the course will cover:

    How to identify risks
    Components of a good contract
    How contracts can be used to reduce risks
    How to identify and locate appropriate insurance for your needs
    Managing contracts
    Creating an overall risk mitigation strategy

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Define basic vocabulary relating to contracts, insurance and

    Identify the three most significant risks to your conservation

    Understand how to use contracts, insurance and other measures to
    reduce the impact of identified risks

    Recognize the components of a well-constructed contract.

    Read and understand three basic contracts (e.g., insurance,
    rental agreement, contract for conservation treatment).

    Identify the types of insurance that may be required by law in
    your state.

    Identify the role of legal and insurance professionals in
    managing your business risks.

Time Requirements: Expect to spend at least six hours per week on
the course--roughly the equivalent of attending a full-day workshop
each week.  You will use this time to complete exercises, and to
read and respond to the work of others in 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 six
in the morning in your favorite jammies.

Technical Requirements: PC or Mac with Internet access and
reasonably up-to-date browser

Registration: The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300
for non-members. Registration forms are available at

The registration deadline is July 8, 2008.  Participants will be
accepted in order of receipt of paid registration.  Enrollment is
limited, so 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.

This course was created with funding from the Getty Foundation. It
is presented with funding from the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by gifts from members and friends of the American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot, Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC 20005
    202-452-9545, ext. 5
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot<-a t->aic-faic< . >org

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