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The Balboa Art Conservation Center's newest initiative, Preserve Community Art! was created as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to protect important cultural heritage. Through this program BACC provides pro bono art conservation services for culturally significant works that emerge from community-led movements in the San Diego area.
Here is just some of the press coverage that resulted from the program's announcement:
ABC10 News: "Some San Diego County Organizations to Preserve Artwork Following Protests"
Art Daily: "BACC Announces Program to Protect and Elevate Artwork from Social Justice Movements"
KPBS: "Local Art Conservators To Preserve Protest Art"
KUSI: "Balboa Art Conservation Center Begins Social Justice Art Preservation Program"
San Diego Union Tribune: "Column: Why the Balboa Park Conservation Center Thinks Protest Art is Worth Protecting"
Times of San Diego: "George Floyd Murals, Similar Works Sought by Balboa Art Conservation Center"
Learn more about the Preserve Community Art! program by visiting its webpage here.
FUNDS WILL SUPPORT CHANGES NEEDED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS
The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act grant in the amount of $52,417. BACC, the region’s only art conservation center, is one of just 317 organizations to receive funding out of 2,333 eligible applications throughout the country. As well, it is the only organization in San Diego to be awarded this CARES Act grant. The funds awarded will support the development of innovative tools, practices, and procedures at BACC, namely cross-training art conservators and implementing a virtual pre-examination program for art objects so that staff can pivot to provide programming and services during the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Associate Conservator of Paper Sara Bisi cross-trains Assistant Conservator of Paintings Morgan Wylder on a float hinge technique and how to attach the hinge to the art and backboard of a piece.
In light of the current circumstances with the continuously evolving COVID-19 outbreak, these have been postponed until further notice. We look forward to getting back on schedule as soon as we can safely and responsibly do so.
Learn How BACC Can Preserve and Repair Important Documents, Beloved Works of Art, and More!
The clinics are as follows:
BACC’s art conservators are experts in their field and have access to the latest conservation technology. Over the course of a 30-minute consultation, they will discuss your concerns, assess your artwork, and recommend ways they can help preserve the artwork and/or bring it back to its former glory.
Consultations are open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Unsure of which consultation clinic to bring your work to? Staff will help determine the right fit. Please call 619-236-9702 or email email@example.com for questions or to reserve your spot. The cost is $75 for each session.
BACC's Chief Conservator of Paintings, Alexis Miller, recently conserved one of the few paintings that remain from the original construction of the Immaculata Church in San Diego. The painting by S. Rubiralta was meant to recreate the image that was said to have been shown to Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico City.
As part of the conservation process, Alexis carefully cleaned the dirt and grime off of the work with a special aqueous solution. Touch ups were made to the paint, and a protective synthetic varnish was applied. All of the work was done on site.
Learn more by enlarging the article from their church bulletin, The Beacon, below: