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American Institute of Conservation

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

FAIC is a 501(c)3 corporation whose only member is AIC. Its board of directors, comprised of up to 15 members, develops strategic direction for the organization, working in conjunction with the AIC board of directors.

Mission Statement

To elevate the vital role of cultural heritage conservation by applying its expertise to urgent global preservation initiatives while empowering conservation professionals, motivating collecting institutions, and engaging the public.

Core Values

  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage
    FAIC promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a means toward a deeper understanding of our shared humanity—the need to express ourselves through creative achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences. We honor the history and integrity of these achievements through the preservation of cultural materials for future generations.
  • Advancement of the Field
    FAIC promotes the advancement of expert knowledge of materials and technologies, and mastery of conservation and preservation. We promote the understanding of the values and contexts of cultural heritage and stress informed decision-making in conservation. We are dedicated to service in the field, research, sharing knowledge, and continued education.
  • Building Operational Strength and Sustainability
    FAIC embraces sustained, strategic management of our organization, reflecting our responsibilities to conservators, allied professions, partners, the public, and our cultural heritage preservation agenda. FAIC supports and enhances the goals of AIC, and in turn builds on the achievements of AIC and its members.