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Wednesday, May 31 • 8:30am - 9:00am
(Photographic Materials) Current Trends and Collaborations among Heritage Institutions in Latin America: Results of the APOYOnline 1st Heritage Preservation Regional Conference and Workshop on Photographic Conservation, Fundraising & Advocacy

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From August 30 to September 2, 2016, leading preservation professionals representing 15 countries from Latin American, the Caribbean and Spain met in Medellin, Colombia as part of the first-ever international conference organized by APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas. Founded in 1989, formerly APOYO, has been deeply committed to strengthening exchange and global professional networks, sharing technical information in conservation across Latin America and the Caribbean region. This conference included 14 papers, 24 posters, special guests lectures on Fundamentals of Leadership and International Alliances in Latin American for heritage preservation professionals, the exhibit of products of preservation, and an APOYO Vision 2020 session to discuss future collaborations and activities. Participants attended a four-day workshop on photograph conservation, fundraising, and advocacy ministered by Debbie Hess Norris. This paper highlights the contents and results of the conference. The presentations showed the current Heritage Preservation trends in Latin America. Several presentations focused on how Preventive Conservation and Risk Assessment activities have now superseded the focus on the conservation treatments of the past. There are several collaborative projects in progress among institutions of the region and critical research shared thanks to the support to APOYOnline. The lack of support and funding from government institutions has not stopped professionals from carrying out massive projects such as packing and moving a large photographic collection, using local materials and a great deal of ingenuity and resolve. The use of social media (APOYOnline Facebook page and Twitter) has increased tremendously, facilitating the exchange of critical research information, upcoming events, funding strategies, new directions on education and training, resulting in the identification of potential areas for collaborative work with AIC members. Professionals, who attended this conference, are very interested in forming alliances with institutions in North America to do joint research projects, hosting North American interns to foster and strengthen professional ties. After the conference, a collaborative agreement between professional of three different countries was formalized to study the use of cleaning gels in murals. APOYOnline received proposals for MOUs from three important heritage institutions in Central and South America to establish training opportunities, professional exchange, research opportunities, and plan the next steps to host the 2nd APOYOnline Meeting in 2018. The participants represented major collections and holdings from cultural institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain. The meeting was sponsored by important North American and Colombian institutions and foundations, private donors, and vendors of conservation products . The conference received media coverage in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Uruguay in addition to social media sites. The impressive response to the conference reiterates the importance of promoting professional networking and professional development in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. APOYOnline is very proud to be the leader of this initiative

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Beatriz Haspo

Conservator, Library of Congress
Beatriz Haspo is a senior conservator specialized in logistics, space management, collections management, and disaster preparedness and response. She has certificates in book, paper and painting conservation from Brazil, United States and Japan. Her major education includes M.A. in... Read More →

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Debbie Hess Norris-[Fellow]

Chair/Professor, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware
Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. She graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary BA degree in chemistry, art history, and studio art (1977) and MS in conservation (1980) from... Read More →
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Amparo Rueda

Conservator, APOYOnline
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