RHSP: Risk Assessments for Cultural Institutions
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP) is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) that brings vital preservation services to regions of the country with limited access to conservators and preservation expertise. Conducted in partnership with Utah field services providers, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services (UA&M) and Utah Humanities (UH), the 2019-2020 RHSP Intermountain West project will bring in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments to collecting institutions in under-served parts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, while UA&M and UH seek to provide basic collections care services to rural Utah, expand the curriculum used in-state, and foster local networking and communities of practice.
Fall 2019 programming in St. George, UT will be presented by:
- Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA
- Emily Johnson, Museum Services Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums
- Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Services Manager, Utah Division of Arts & Museums
In order to develop an emergency preparedness and response plan, an institution must understand the risks its collections face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies to mitigate damage in the event of an emergency or disaster. This workshop will offer tips for conducting these assessments on a site-wide level and for specific collections, as well as case studies of institutions that have dealt with disasters, and advice on forming relationships with first responders and other outside contacts who can help conduct risk assessments.