$10 for the 10th Anniversary of VAM's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Program
In its ten year history, the Virginia Association of Museum's Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program has helped over 200 organizations across the Commonwealth and Washington, DC. The program serves to identify significant, endangered artifacts at museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions and create a greater awareness of the important and diverse stories told through these rare treasures, as well as the difficulty and expensive of caring for them.
What began as a short-term initiative funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that offered greater public awareness to participating institutions, has expanded to offer financial awards to directly support the ongoing stewardship of Virginia's extensive museum community. VAM's "Top 10" program has become a noted example of creative outreach for the museum community, been replicated in other states, recognized by the state chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and garnered extensive coverage in local, state and national media outlets for those institutions nominated and honored over the years. How does Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program work? Virginia museums nominate annually, artifacts that have a historic or cultural significance to the organization or the state, and require some level of conservation assistance. Following a thorough review process by an independent committee of experts from partnering organizations including Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and private conservators, ten artifacts are selected as each year's honorees. A public online voting competition and a final review by the committee determine the "People's Choice" and "Conservators Awards." Each winning site receives a monetary award for conservation or preservation efforts, and is recognized during Virginia Museum Advocacy Day. How Can You Help?
Make a donation today to support VAM's continued efforts to directly support the conservation of our collective historic and cultural treasures.
Who is VAM? The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is a 501c3 organization based in Richmond, Virginia, and is the largest state museum association in the country. VAM provides advocacy for the museum community and professional education and support to all Virginia and Washington, DC museums. With a membership over 3,000 members, we are a community of individuals, businesses, and institutions ranging from historic houses to botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos, art museums and galleries, battlefields, military museums, historical societies and much more! #vamuseums