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Pomona College Museum of Art Assistant Director Selected for National Conference on "Stewardship of America's Legacy: Answering the Call to Action"

Steve Comba, assistant director/registrar of the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, has been selected by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to participate in the national forum “Stewardship of America’s Legacy: Answering the Call to Action,” to be held in Buffalo, New York, June 16 and 17, 2009.

Comba is one of approximately 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.

The forum will explore how committed individuals, ranging 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’m honored to be selected,” said Comba. “Having an opportunity to share ideas with peers on a national level is a great opportunity and particularly relevant now, as the Pomona College Museum of Art plans for new ways to increase both awareness and access to its permanent collection.”

IMLS’s 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 give leaders of small and mid-sized museums, libraries, and archives the practical information, tools, and resources to inspire action in caring for collections nationwide.

IMLS is hosting this forum in cooperation with Heritage Preservation, 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Pomona College Museum of Art: www.pomona.edu/museum/information/about.shtml

Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Visit www.imls.gov.