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 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 addresses collections issues while considering the institution's mission, capacity, and goals. Sometimes short-term contracts are needed to reach those goals, which Curae happily accepts. List of services are below but as the museum world evolves, Rebecca keeps up and adapts to a museum's needs, so feel free to request specific services. Rebecca can also provide lectures virtually or in-person on collections care topics as requested.
With over 15 years of experience, Rebecca (Becca) Kennedy has worked with a variety of collections and cultural institutions. After receiving a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, Rebecca worked in preservation and collections management at the Smithsonian Institution for 11 years. Her projects focused on collections care, rehousing, exhibition preparation and installation, registration, couriering, and much more.
In 2018 Rebecca founded Curae Collections Care, LLC to provide support to cultural institutions in need of collection care services. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with over twenty cultural institutions worldwide on collections care projects.
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 6 years, she has responded to dozens of institutional and national declared 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 also a Professional Associate (PA) of AIC for her contributions as an allied professional to the conservation community.
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