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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Services, Historical Organizations, Visual Arts

Mission: Ica works with member institutions, corporate and individual collectors to conserve and preserve their objects, artifacts, and documents. Ica also provides workshops, lectures, and symposia to train collections care professionals and the general public on issues surrounding art and artifact preservation.

Programs: Ica is the nations' oldest fine art conservation center offering conservation and restoration services for paintings, murals, art objects, furniture, statuary, monuments, pottery, paper products, manuscripts, books, photographs, posters, flags, uniforms, dresses, and metal or clay ceramics. The highly trained staff provides service to churches, zoos, libraries, hospitals, foundations, government agencies, corporations, universities, museums and private collectors.

the very active education and outreach department offers a number of public programs. Ica has collaborated on educational initiatives with over thirty cultural and academic institutions across the state of ohio. This allows ica to reach more demographically and geographically diverse audience, while maximizing the impact of its limited program dollars. Ica has made contact with numerous individuals via outreach efforts, many of whom had no prior knowledge of ica.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ICA is an amazing organization that aims to educate and engage the community regarding art conservation and its role in preserving our cultural and artistic heritage for all of us.

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

The Intermuseum Conservation Association appears to receive substantial revenue from fee-based services based on my review of its 990 reports, offering the very same art conservation services as so many similar for-profit enterprises today and offers the kinds of pro-bono services to the public, on-going professional research, and educational opportunities (internships) as some for-profit conservation service providers whose business success can support these public service activities. Therefore, it may be expected that, like any successful business providing art conservation services, many of these public benefit pro-bono services can be provided by either non-profit and for-profit entities alike entirely from fee-based service revenue. Art conservation services outside of in-house museum departments today are mostly provided by for-profit commercial enterprises, many of which self-fund the expected professional contributions to public outreach, basic professional advancement research and aid to those who can not fully pay. Many decades ago, conservation centers such as the Intermuseum Conservation Laboratory operated by the Intermuseum Conservation Association were pioneers in the basics of conservation research and the promotion of conservation awareness and were in need of granted funding to support these activities of a fledgling profession. Nowadays, the growth of for-profit and similar providers of art conservation services have grown immensely and the public and museum communities are now well educated on preservation. This makes the old non-profit model of an art conservation center appear like a dinosaur today, yet they keep begging for financial support that a number of art conservation businesses have proven is unnecessary. On this basis, The Intermuseum Conservation Association seems less a reasonable candidate for General Operating Support in these times. However, the Intermuseum Conservation Association offers valuable programs that can not normally be funded from the revenue of for-profit art conservation services providers and therefore the Intermuseum Conservation Association is deserving of consideration of program-based funding.

Review from Guidestar