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December 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Hosted online
$100-200 depending on package; $50 for recordings only
Moira Garcia
(505) 954-7245

Caring for Your Personal Collections at Home: An Introduction to Collections Care

Laura Eliff Cruz


Instructor: Laura Elliff Cruz, Collections Manager, Indian Arts Research Center
With sixteen years of collections care experience, Laura Elliff Cruz was with SAR from 2008–2014 and returned in 2020. During the interim Laura was head of the collection management department at the Denver Art Museum overseeing the daily care of objects, including a major collection-move project and numerous grant storage upgrades during her time there. Laura has a BA in Anthropology from Illinois State University, a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University, and an MA in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Class 1: How to Care for your Personal Collections at Home: Establishing a Baseline of Care
Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ONLINE
This class will go over broad concepts of preventive conservation and other agents of deterioration to be cognizant of such as light, pests, environment, water, handling, packing, and much more. Photos and examples will be shared followed by overall tips and a discussion on how collections care is always evolving in the field.

Class 2: A Lightning Round Review of Object Care
Thursday, December 8, 2022,
 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. ONLINE
A lightning round of different types of objects that may be in your personal home will be discussed including baskets, ceramics/glass, carved figures/mixed media, metal, paintings and photographs, and textiles. Numerous examples and key resources will be highlighted, and participants are encouraged to also bring specific situational questions for a discussion at the end.

Class 3: Collections Care Visit to Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) Vaults
Tuesday, December 13, 2022,
 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., IN PERSON at the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia St., Santa Fe
Group size limited to 10 people
This in-depth discussion for a behind the scenes collection care tour in the IARC vaults will wrap up the class. Further conversation of materials and proper housing with options to protect collections in your home will be highlighted.

Course Fees

There are three options for this three-class course.

(1) Package 1: Join the first two classes hosted live ONLINE (Zoom) and receive a RECORDING OF THE IN-PERSON hands-on session in the IARC vaults. ($100 members/$150* for course and membership)

(2) Package 2: Join the first two classes ONLINE (Zoom) and be present at the IN-PERSON hands-on session in the IARC vaults. ($150 members/$200* for course and membership) (This package is limited to 10 people due to capacity restrictions in the IARC vaults.)

(3) Recordings: Pre-order the recordings of the three classes. ($50)

* These packages for new members include an Arroyo Hondo membership.