VIDEO: Florida Tech’s Funk Textile Center To Participate in Preservation Assessment Program

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One of 75 Institutions Chosen for Program

ABOVE VIDEO: Learn about the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program and how it differs from the Conservation Assessment Program previously administered by Heritage Preservation.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts has been chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation program, which will enable the facility to improve the care of its collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of those collections.

The Ruth Funk Center is home to more than 1,500 textiles and related artifacts spanning five continents and over 500 years of history.

It is one of just 75 institutions nationwide selected to participate in the CAP program.

Keidra Daniels Navaroli, the center’s assistant director and curator, said she expects the program to be a first step in the next phase of its collections care work.

“We are thrilled to receive this assistance because it allows us to invest in critical resources that will identify the strengths and challenges of our collections care,” she said.

Keidra Daniels Navaroli, left, assistant director and curator at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, and Director of Collections Sarah Smith inspect an item from the center’s permanent collection. (FIT image)

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“This analysis will greatly enhance future exhibitions, programs and research and strengthen our role as an educational resource for the university and community.”

A team of two preservation professionals from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works (FAIC), which administers the CAP program, will spend two days surveying the site and meeting with staff before preparing a comprehensive report that will identify preventive conservation priorities.

The assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

FAIC administers the CAP program through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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