Curae Collections Care, LLC was founded by Rebecca Kennedy in 2018 to provide practical and creative solutions to collections management, registration, preservation, exhibition, and emergency response for cultural heritage institutions. Curae addresses collection issues while considering the institution's mission, capacity, and goals. Our work with clients can range from one day to several years, depending on the needs of each institution.
As the museum world evolves, Rebecca keeps informed and updated to provide the best service possible. This includes regularly attending conferences and trainings. To date, Curae has had the amazing opportunity to work with over twenty cultural institutions worldwide on discrete projects and establishing programs for systematic collections care and management. Curae follows all legal and ethical standards as outlined by AAM, AIC, ICOM, and ARCS.
Our name, Curae, is Latin, meaning "to care for" and collections care encompasses all the challenges encountered while managing objects at museums and cultural institutions, which is Curae's mission. Curae is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) through the Small Business Administration and is registered in the Systems for Award Management as an approved vendor for government and General Services Administration. Small Business Administration and is registered in the Systems for Award Management as an approved vendor for government and General Services Administration.
With almost twenty years of experience, Rebecca Kennedy has worked with a variety of collections and cultural institutions to improve the preservation and management of collections. After receiving a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, Rebecca worked in preservation and collections management at the Smithsonian Institution for eleven years before starting Curae in 2018.
Rebecca received a certification in First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis from ICCROM in 2016 giving her the tools to train other cultural institutions on collections emergencies. Rebecca is the former chair of the ARCS and AIC Emergency Committees and the DC Alliance for Response Steering Committee and was an inaugural member of the Smithsonian’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergency (PRICE) group. In the last several years, she has responded to dozens of institutional and national emergencies for cultural heritage support.
Rebecca serves on committees for the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialist (ARCS) to support the museum field as well is an editor for the Collections Journal. She is an instructor on Collections Management for the George Washington University and is an active mentor in the Collections Stewardship Mentorship Program. Rebecca is a peer-reviewed Professional Associate (PA) of AIC for her contributions as an allied professional to the conservation community.
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