C2C Care Course Writing a Long-Range Preservation Plan

A Long-Range Preservation Plan (LRPP) is a core document that both identifies priorities for conservation and preservation projects and outlines a course of action for their completion. The LRPP is a powerful tool for communicating goals and progress with an institution’s board or parent organization, for galvanizing support from administration and staff, and for obtaining grant funding for specific projects. Geared toward small and mid-sized cultural institutions, in this course participants will learn the essential components of a LRPP, become familiar with key preventive conservation concepts, and gain skills in both risk assessment and the prioritization of preservation needs. Through in-class assignments and a recommended 4-6 hours/week of independent work time between sessions, participants will conclude this course with a draft LRPP for their organization.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know the essential components of a LRPP.
  • Have completed a basic risk assessment for their institution.
  • Learned prioritization strategies for evaluating preservation needs.
  • Have completed a draft LRPP that is unique to their organization.

Course Instructor

Nicole Grabow, Director of Preventive Conservation, Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC)

Nicole Grabow has worked at MACC since 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Nicole has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. She was a MACC Senior Objects Conservator and Preventive Conservator prior to becoming the Director of Preventive Conservation. She is a Certified CAP Assessor and a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation.

Course Schedule

Note: Weekly Office Hours are optional, and will provide opportunity for individual questions and guidance.

Session 1 – Wed, Aug. 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
Introduction to Preservation Planning and the Elements of a Long-Range Plan

  • Office Hour – Mon, Aug. 28th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
    Questions and feedback on these sections: Institutional Information, Description of Collections, and Record of Past and Current Activities

Session 2 – Wed, Aug. 30th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
Risk Assessment and Preservation Fundamentals: The Collection Environment

  • Office Hour – Tue, Sept. 5th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
    Questions and feedback on Risk Assessments and Prioritized Concerns

Session 3 – Wed, Sept. 6th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
Preservation Fundamentals: the Collection Environment (continued) and An Overview of Federal Grants

  • Office Hour – Mon, Sept. 11th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
    Questions and feedback on Concerns to Goals

Session 4 – Wed, Sept. 13th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
Next Level Projects: Upgrades to Storage Furniture / Housings / Enclosures, General Assessments, Item Level Surveys, and Conservation Treatments

  • Office Hour – Mon, Sept. 18th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern
    Questions and feedback on Summary of Priorities and Work Plan

All sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for review approximately 24 hours after the live event. Live captioning provided.


Early Bird Fee: $99 (before August 10, 2023)
Registration Fee: $149

Connecting to Collections Care courses are made possible in part by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.