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Online course on establishing a conservation practice

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-a>
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
"Establishing a Conservation Practice"

Register by May 5, 2014 for special "early-bird" rates:

    $120 for AIC Members
    $180 for non-members
    $200/$300 after May 5, 2014

FAIC is pleased to offer the online course, "Establishing a
Conservation Practice," to meet the needs of conservators who wish
to 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, "Establishing a
Conservation Practice" comes to you.  All you need is a computer
with Internet access and you are ready to learn.

About the Course: "Establishing a Conservation Practice" is a
four-week course.  The course will begin on Thursday, May 15, 2014
and continue, with new activities and discussions each week, through
Thursday, June 12, 2014.  Course materials will remain available to
participants for two weeks after the course ends.

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

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

    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

Special note to international participants:  This course is designed
for conservators seeking to begin a private practice in the United
States. Because legal and taxation environments vary from one
country to another, some material (perhaps 20%) will not be
applicable outside the U.S. ` About the Series: "Establishing a
Conservation Practice" is part of FAIC's online education series,
"Business and Management Practices for Conservators."  Created with
funds from The Getty Foundation, the series focuses on basic
business and management skills that conservators need to know.

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 6 in the
morning in your favorite jammies.  (Although the timing of your
participation is flexible, we have found that participants have
difficulty keeping up with the course during extended trips.  But,
if you are just going to the AIC Annual Meeting May 28-31, 2014 you
should be fine).

Is Distance Learning Right for Me?  We're glad you asked! We all
learn in different ways.  Take our interactive quiz (found at


to see if this type of course is a good match for your learning

Technical Requirements: All you need is a PC or Mac with Internet
access, and reasonably up-to-date browser (Internet Explorer,
Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome).

Registration: The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300
for non-members.  Early bird registration ends May 5, 2014.  The
early bird rate for AIC members is $120, $180 for non-members.
Participants will be accepted in order of receipt of paid
registration.  Enrollment is limited, so early registration is

About the Facilitator: Sarah Lowengard, Ph.D., has more than
twenty-five 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

Credits: Course Content and Instruction: Sarah Lowengard
Original Instructional Design: Roberta Westwood
Project Management: Eric Pourchot

Contributors and Reviewers: Jeff Brechlin, Susan Burke, Bob
Cocchiaro, Elizabeth Goins, Colin Turner, Katharine A. Untch, Glenn

Special thanks to: Julia Ashley, Soren Kaplan, SCORE

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.  FAIC courses are made
possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC
membership dues were used to create or present this course.

For more information, contact:

    Abigail Choudhury, Development and Education Coordinator
    Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
        Historic and Artistic Works
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC20005
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    courses<-a t->conservation-us< . >org

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