SANTA FE, N.M. – Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, curator of collections for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, has been selected by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to attend a national forum, June 16 and 17 in Buffalo, N.Y. titled the “Stewardship of America’s Legacy: Answering the Call to Action.” She is one of more than 70 representatives of small- and medium-sized museums and libraries nationwide invited to participate based on their leadership in the profession and in their communities.
IMLS’ Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, is a multi-year, multi-faceted national program. The Buffalo event is the final of a series of four national forums held in 2008 and 2009. The meetings have been designed to raise awareness among leaders of small and mid-sized museums, libraries and archives about the importance of collections care and to give them practical information, tools and resources to inspire action nationwide.
“Stewardship of America’s Legacy: Answering the Call to Action” will explore how committed individuals, from small town librarians to directors of national conservation training programs, can work together to improve collections care and to inspire and inform others, be it nationally or within their own communities. Speakers will address ways to make the case for funding, address cutting-edge collections care topics and describe how to use networks to tap into expertise and to engage the public in sustaining our nation’s collections.
“I am honored to be selected to be a participant and learn from others who share the same care, concerns and passion for their collections,” Lomahaftewa-Singer said. IMLS is hosting this forum in cooperation with Heritage Preservation [www .heritagepreservation.org], the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Art Conservation Department of Buffalo State College, State University of New York.
The forum has received support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Carol A. Fatta/The Fatta Foundation, the Baird Foundation, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.