Thank you so much for our fantastic lab tour. Our docent class learned so much about the amazing work you do to ensure precious objects are able to be enjoyed for years to come! --Zanesville Museum of Art Docents

Our Commitment

The dissemination of knowledge about cultural heritage preservation is a core component of the ICA’s mission.

Education & Outreach Services

ICA is committed to providing quality educational experiences for learners of all ages.

Education & Outreach services (free and fee-based) include:


  • Lab Tours
  • Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Planned, facilitated, cross-discipline discussions

Conservation Lab Tour

Interested in how a conservation lab works?

The best way to understand what we do at ICA-Art Conservation is to come for a visit. We welcome visitors of all ages to our 6000 sq ft, open laboratory space, on the 2nd floor of the historic Vitrolite building in Ohio City’s Hingetown. Here you can see our current projects and ask ICA conservators questions about their work.

Lab tours are free but must be scheduled in advance.

If you are interested our Start the Conversation form offers a dropdown menu to request a free 1-hour tour of our historic Hingetown facility.

FIELD SERVICES FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE PROFESSIONALS

Are you the steward of a collection?

A significant part of our mission is to provide training and education to the stewards of cultural heritage. Our goal is to provide the best possible programming and plans to help our partners in museums, historic houses, historical societies, galleries, performing arts organizations, and libraries across the country. Field service offerings occur as needed or on demand as required by the institution and the situation.

Please contact us for information about associated costs and scheduling at Start the Conversation. Use the dropdown menu to let us know your needs.

  • Preventive Care: Pest Control and Housekeeping
  • Storage and Housing
  • Handling, Stewardship, and Planning: Stewardship Assessments
  • Emergency Response and Preparedness
  • Building and Construction Planning
  • Exhibitions and Displays
  • Packing and Transit
  • Collection Surveys
  • Preservation Planning Assistance
  • Object/Collection Specific Preservation and Conservation Training
    • Care of Paper-Based Collections
    • Archival Materials: Book and Paper Objects
    • Care of Paintings
    • Care of Murals
    • Care of Textiles
    • Care of Inorganic Objects (metals, ceramics, glass, stone)
    • Care of Organic Objects (bone, horn, ivory, leather, basketry, plastics, plant materials, etc.)

GENERAL PUBLIC

We love to share what we know with the general public

Education & outreach and conservation staff work with organizations and institutions to deliver educational opportunities for the general public. Programs are currently delivered at a variety of content levels depending on the need and demand.

A popular offering is “Caring for Your Treasures.” ICA Education staff will discuss proper storage and long-term care of your collections can prevent unintentional damage. Learn how to protect your treasures with this free presentation. Groups will often pair this presentation with a pop-up museum at which audience members will bring objects meaningful to them to share with the group.

Education staff can also offer more in-depth fee-based presentations and workshops upon request.

Please contact us for information about associated costs and scheduling at Start the Conversation. Use the dropdown menu to let us know your needs.

Pre-K-12 & Higher Ed

Pre-K-12 Education

ICA combines interdisciplinary student experiences that bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education to life, while we continue to conduct outreach and education for those in need of instruction in conservation topics. Classes interested in the intersection of art and science will find a trip to the ICA to be an experience unlike other museum tours. Teachers are encouraged to contact Holly Witchey via email, hwitchey@ica-artconservation.org to arrange a free tour of the ICA’s conservation facility for their middle school and high school students. Classroom programs for Pre-K and elementary school students on “Why Old Things Are Special” may also be arranged.

Higher Education

Our conservation and education staff take great delight in speaking with college and graduate students. We are happy to come to you and even happier for you to come to us for a tour of the conservation labs and conversation with our conservators.

We also welcome inquires from rising seniors in college, post-graduates, and graduate students seeking pre-program, final-year graduate conservation, or two-year advanced fellowships.

Please contact us for information about associated costs and scheduling at Start the Conversation. Use the dropdown menu to let us know your needs.

Subsidized Survey

As part of our ongoing public service each year ICA-Art Conservation selects one collecting institution annually to receive a free collection survey. The goal of the program is to help the recipient institution identify its preservation needs and plan future conservation and stewardship initiatives. The information gained through the assessment helps the institution prioritize objectives and potentially raise funds to address those preservation needs. ICA will offer one collection survey focusing on a select group of artifacts within an institution.

An ICA conservator will visit the recipient institution to examine the objects on-site for up to two days. Written condition reports and treatment recommendations will be provided. The selected institution will be asked to contribute only the travel costs associated with yhe on-site visit.

Any non-profit cultural institution demonstrating a commitment to collections care is eligible to apply for this survey. Applications for this survey are accepted every year in September/October.

The due date for 2019 applications is past but take a look at this year's instructions so you can make your plans for next year.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

The arts are always at great risk of loss from unanticipated disasters. Even a small chaotic event can impact operations and cause an interruption in the community. The best way to recover from an unexpected event of any type is to have a plan.

ICA hopes all our members and cultural heritage partners in the region will find opportunities to ensure the protection of valuable and irreplaceable cultural resources. As a member of the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Response, we work closely with the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management. If you are interested in learning more about disaster preparedness and upcoming programs contact Holly Witchey.

ICA is partnering with LYRASIS in the Mellon-Funded Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Initiative, a comprehensive program, focused on helping performing arts organizations prepare for disaster, response, recovery and business continuity. For more information and helpful tools vist the PAR website