Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop in LA: 11/11 & 12/11

The California Assn. of Museums is hosting a free, two-part workshop in LA in November and December of 2011. Register now to take advantage of this great resource:

From their site...

Part 1 & 2: Protecting Cultural Collections / Los Angeles
Registration Information
Click here to register now
9:00am November 9 - 4:00pm December 7, 2011
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness,
Response and Recovery

Part 1: November 9, 2011
Part 2: December 7, 2011

Located at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Heritage Health Index determined that most collecting institutions need an emergency or disaster response plan that includes collections, and staff trained to carry it out. Attend the interactive 2-part workshop “Protecting Cultural Collections” and walk away with:

•A complete disaster response and collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
•The skills needed to train staff to implement your plan effectively
•Pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
•Understanding of the practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
•Experience salvaging a variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects

The two parts are scheduled 4-8 weeks apart. Participants prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.

Who should attend:
Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries, archives, and museums. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from an institution so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

To learn more about the Californian Connecting to Collections Project HERE.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cultural Security

Here are some helpful resources for museums and groups working in cultural preservation related to security:

LAPD's Art Theft Crime Prevention Tips:

Building an Emergency Plan (from the Getty):

California Preservation:
The California Preservation Program (CPP) provides information, education, and expert assistance on preservation of collections to libraries, archives, historical societies, cultural institutions and records repositories in California.

Musuem Security Network:
The MSN’s original aim was to serve as a source of information for cultural property protection professionals. Gradually, the Museum Security Network mailing list has become the main channel for the distribution of news and information pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation, and security. On a daily basis, information is posted on as well as on the MSN Google Group. Key areas discussed include cultural property housed in museums, libraries, archives, monuments, and churches as well as other current topics such as art theft, forgery, fires, provenance matters, illicit acquisitions, the illicit trade, UNESCO 1970, and UNIDROIT 1995. Subscribers include museum professionals, law enforcement officers, lawyers, academics, insurance underwriters, journalists, auction houses, among many others. The MSN is fully independent and refrains from any financial or non-financial associations with commercial organizations active in the above fields.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CA Preservation Conference: Preservation on the Edge

California’s historic preservation community is coming to your doorstep!

The California Preservation Conference May 15 – 18 is a unique opportunity to participate in special tours, educational workshops, and events exploring preservation and its essential role in sustainability, economic development and community character.

Registration is now open. See the California Preservation Foundation website for all the details. You can select only what appeals to you most or immerse yourself by registering for the whole conference. Early registration discounts apply through April 8 and many Study Tours, Workshops and Events sell out quickly, so don’t delay.

Get an inside look at the Conference: Volunteers are now being recruited for assistance with registration, educational sessions, tours and special events as well as technical support. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to download the application form and information on the benefits.

Know a high school or middle school student with an interest in film making and preservation? The conference will showcase winners of CPF’s 2ndAnnual Youth Film Competition which this year is partnering with Santa Monica's own Teen Film Festival, SMTFF. Click here to download details on the film competition. The deadline for submissions is Friday April 1 to be considered for both CPF and SMTFF, Thursday April 21 for only the CPF competition.

Have a preservation story you would like to tell? The Three-Minute Success Stories program on Monday night (May 16) is traditionally one of the most popular events of the conference, combining compelling preservation stories with dramatic and amusing presentations. Wrapping preservation narratives in a bit of vaudeville makes for a memorable evening, and the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will provide an ideal venue. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Click here for the application and details.

For more information on all aspects of the conference, see the California Preservation Foundation website or call 415-495-0349.

The Santa Monica Conservancy is very pleased to bring this statewide conference to Santa Monica, and thanks the many local partnering organizations, sponsors and volunteers who have made this possible.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Next Week: California Preservation Foundation 2011 Workshop Series
CEQA and Historic Resources: Thresholds, Mitigation & Case Studies

Register at or call 415-495-0349

Wednesday, March 16, 9am –4:30pm
Palisades Building Recital Hall; 2150 W. Pan American Rd.
San Diego, CA, 92101

Thursday, March 17, 9am– 4:30pm
Glendale Central Library Auditorium; 222 E. Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205

This course qualifies for MCLE, AIA & AICP Continuing Education Units

The California Environmental Quality Act is the primary legal tool used in California to protect historic resources threatened by a proposed development project. Projects that adversely impact an historic resource including demolition, partial demolition, alteration, relocation, typically require preparation to analyze and evaluate a range of alternatives that would avoid or reduce such impacts. Many historic preservation professionals find CEQA confusing and cultural resource analysis is misunderstood by many CEQA professionals. This workshop will explore thresholds, alternatives, district impacts ,legal issues and mitigation and review projects that have either led to the destruction or successfully saved cultural resources through the environmental review process.

Christy Johnson McAvoy
, Founding Principal, Historic Resources Group (Glendale & San Diego)
Ron Parsons, State Historian Local Government Unit, California Office of Historic Preservation (Glendale & San Diego)
Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy (Glendale)
Ken Bernstein, Principal Planner, City of Los Angeles (Glendale)
Cathy Winterrowd, Principal Planner/HRB Liaison, City of San Diego (San Diego)
Jan Chatten-Brown, Attorney, Chatten-Brown & Carstens (San Diego)
Jay Platt, Planner, Historic Preservation & Urban Design, City of Glendale (Glendale)
Erik Krause, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Glendale (Glendale)
Amy Minteer, Attorney, Chatten-Brown & Carstens (Glendale)

Friday, March 4, 2011

3 trainings for Non-Profits from Valley Non-Profit Resources

From Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR)...

VNR has scheduled three educational workshops:

* Show Me The Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes will be held on Tuesday April 5, 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Reseda. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders build their public policy understanding and advocacy skills. California’s state and local budget crises and how to deal with them; helping organizations thoughtfully consider and participate in policy solutions; and the critical role of public funding and taxes for the nonprofit sector.

* Investment and Money Management Basics for Nonprofits will be held on Thursday April 14, 2011 from 10:00am - 12:00 noon in Burbank. This free workshop will provide an overview of financial management options available to nonprofits and give tips on how to be a good steward of an organization's funds. Topics covered will include: basic definitions of money management terms, ways to accept and manage organizational donations, how to classify cash reserves and strategic investment portfolio management. The workshop will feature Darya Allen-Attar of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

* Nonprofit Finance and Accounting for Non-Accountants will be held in Sherman Oaks on Thursday May 12, 2011 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This lunch and learn workshop is co-sponsored by SingerLewak and will provide an overview of nonprofit accounting basics. It will provide tips for how dealing with accounting tasks such as reading and understanding financial statements, effective ways to communicate with a book keeper or CPA, and some basics of financial planning. The workshop will feature SingerLewak partner Sally J. Aubury and other SingerLewak professional staff. Cost of the workshop is $20 including lunch.

All three workshops are part of VNR's Financial Management for Nonprofits Suite. For more information and to register please call 818/990-0176 or email

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Register Now: 2 Free Training for LA Heritage Leaders

Come get tips on how your organization can advocate for preservation in your community more effectively (or start advocating & educating leaders you don't already!). Discover the many funding resources available for preservation projects and activities in LA!

Don't miss out; space is limited!

On Saturday, March 19th the L.A. Heritage Alliance and the California Preservation Foundation are happy to offer two training presentations for heritage organizations in Southern California who want to learn more about advocacy and funding. Both presentations are free and open to the public, so choose one or both to attend. Seating is limited so register early by clicking the following links.

Contact Jennifer Gates, Field Services Director at the California Preservation Foundation if you have any questions at 415-495-0349 Information on parking will be sent to all registrants in an email before the presentation.

Saturday March 19, 2011

10am to 12pm: Advocacy 101

Preservation is local! Come learn effective tools on how to advocate for the preservation of your historic resources. Learn what you need to know, how to get the information, and what resources are available to help you make a difference in your community.


1:30pm to 3:30pm: Preservation Economics: Benefits & Funding Sources

Preservation is economically beneficial to communities and property owners. Come learn about the economic benefits of preservation and the variety of funding sources that are available to non-profits to assist with a variety of projects.


Both sessions will be held at the Los Angeles Conservancy Conference Room:

523 West Sixth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Training: Achieve Fundraising Success in 2011

From the Executive Service Corps of Southern California...


The Developing Development Program (DDP) offered by Executive Service Corps can help you create a successful, sustainable charitable giving program despite these challenging economic times.

DDP has helped more than 60 Southern California nonprofits now it's your turn! Create and implement a fundraising program for your agency based on proven best practices through DDP's practical training coupled with extended personalized coaching support.

DDP offers your Executive Director and development team:

  • Useful tools for assessment, planning, & execution of a successful individual giving program;
  • 8 training sessions and 5 clinics with a peer group of agency participants;
  • 18 months of expert, individualized coaching; and
  • Seven years of proven results confirmed by third-party evaluators.

Don't delay - the application deadline is March 4 and spots are very limited. Training sessions begin April 7.

Click here to learn more about DDP and access the application.

If you have any questions, contact Program Director Aileen Preonas at 213.613.9103 X16 or

ESC's Developing Development Program is made possible by the generous support of the Weingart Foundation and is offered by ESC in association with Third Sector Learning.

Grants Roundup (from Heritage Preservation)

Grant Roundup from Heritage Preservation:
IMLS21st Century Museum Professionals
Deadline: March 15, 2011
IMLSNative American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services
Deadline: April 1, 2011
NEHPreservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: May 3, 2011
NEHChallenge Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Research & Development
Deadline: May 19, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Education & Training
Deadline: July 1, 2011
NEHHumanities Collections & Reference Resources
Deadline: July 20, 2011