Momart is proud to be amongst the founding benefactors of the newly established art and museum organization – the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS).
The Mission of ARCS is to represent and promote Registrars and Collections Specialists, nationally and internationally, to educate them in the professional best practices of registration and collections care, and to facilitate communication and networking.
The roots of the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists run into the early 1950s, when two of the premier registrars in the United States, Dorothy Dudley at MoMA and Irma Bezold Wilkinson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gathered other registrars together to produce the first guidelines for the field, Museum Registration Methods, 1st edition.
Growing professionalism in the field led to the first association of registrars, the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RCAAM) which was founded in 1977. All past chairs of that committee, from 1998 through 2010, joined other RCAAM officials and registrars from major American collections in founding ARCS in 2012.
The Founding Board of Directors gathered in Chicago in June 2012 to adopt a set of bylaws and elect officers. For the first time, registrars and collections specialists have stepped forward as a unified, independent, international group to provide programs and services directed especially to the collections worker.
With the vision of providing annual meetings, workshops, online forums, resources, and publications in print and electronic media, the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists will enable its members to share ideas, encourage understanding of and adherence to professional standards, and support and improve the care and organization of collections of all types.
To find out more about ARCS visit www.arcsinfo.org