A Little Help from My Friends: Working with Emergency Service Providers


Event details


Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation and Independence Foundation.

Looking for an emergency vendor, or perhaps, another vendor for necessary services? Check out the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts's vendor list

Additionally, Polygon has resources related to emergency preparedness and response, including this blog post and an e-book covering proactive strategies for safeguarding your documents, objects, and collections. 

About the Speakers:

In her position as Preventive Conservator, Maddie Cooper works with both the Preservation Services and Conservation Departments to carry out preservation surveys and assessments for museums, libraries, archives, and community collections, and to work on treatment projects requiring preventive care. 

Maddie has worked with a wide range of institutional and community collections. She held roles in conservation and collections at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Wolfsonian-FIU prior to specializing in preventive conservation in graduate school. Through her graduate career, she interned with the Disaster Research Center, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Midwest Art Conservation Center. Maddie holds an MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, a BA in Chemistry from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Art Conservation with a minor in Art History from the University of Delaware. 

Matt DeCirce has 12 years of employment with Polygon US Corporation, and 20 years of experience in the disaster recover industry. He has held managerial sales and operations supervisor roles. At Polygon, Matt is currently the Director of Client Development for the East region. He has supervised and managed numerous mitigation and remediation contracts, including contracts and master service agreements for the State of Connecticut, State of Vermont, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Board of Libraries, New York Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Library, County and Local government agencies, as well as individual cultural institutions. In addition to contract management, Matt has supervised and managed hundreds of individual mitigation and remediation projects; and has responded to major disaster events across the country. He is experienced working with multiple types of archives and records, including various paper and film media. He has presented educational webinars at several national events and is active in multiple industry associations.