For Immediate Release

Contact: Robbin Zella
203-332-5052

Housatonic Museum of Art Completes Heritage Preservation’s
Conservation Assessment Program

Bridgeport - Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce that the Housatonic Museum of Art has completed the 2012 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Housatonic Museum of Art joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history of serving museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collection conditions. Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised Housatonic Museum of Art for “making the vital work of caring for collections a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provided a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. Professional conservators spent two days surveying the site and three days preparing the comprehensive report that identified conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the Housatonic Museum of Art to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help the museum make the appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections. The Housatonic Museum of Art expects to continue to advance the goals of the museum which includes preserving the collection for future generations of students from participating in CAP.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport and specializes in 19th, 20th and 21st century art. The Housatonic Museum of Art is currently exhibiting The Art of Business: Collector’s Press Lithographs through December 21.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservaton.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.