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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92037)
Hugh M. Davies (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Disaster Preparedness Training and Supplies

The purchase of emergency preparedness supplies and disaster response training for staff at all three exhibition and storage spaces of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The project fits squarely into the museum’s strategic plan, which is focused on preserving its collection of post-1950 art by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Frank Stella, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, and Robert Irwin.  The collection speaks to humanities themes of the impact of war, race relations, gender and identity, religion, and life on the United States and Mexico border, and is presented to the public through local and touring exhibitions, lectures, school programs, and its online archives. Extreme weather events in the past few years, such as flooding and wild fires, make a focus on disaster response timely.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) requests an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000 in order to purchase equipment and supplies to establish emergency caches at two of the Museum’s locations, and through the project provide training to prepare staff to deal effectively with emergencies or their initial response as necessitated by our Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan. Though the Museum has established a useful store of emergency supplies at its main location in La Jolla, CA, its new Downtown gallery space and off-site storage buildings (Chula Vista, CA) are lacking in this same supply of disaster materials. To fully comply with MCASD’s 2010 Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan, it is critical that the Museum outfit all its locations and provide its staff with the necessary training by Balboa Art Conservation Center in line with the 2010 disaster preparedness project.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016