News and Events

CAP Grant

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection was one of 75 national museums and libraries selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings.

In early August 2017, Paul Himmelstein, a distinguished New York City-based preservation professional, will perform a two-day site visit to review our operations and to meet with staff and stakeholders We would like to share the results of this review with our stakeholders. The full report can be found here.  HLATC’s participation in the CAP program is the first step in the next phase of its collections care work and will make us more competitive for federal and state grants.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries. HLATC was one of four awardees for the state of Wisconsin.

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC at

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit

Co Design: An International Collaboration

With the now ubiquitous nature of smartphones and internet access, new opportunities to collaborate around the world are possible. During the Fall 2016 semester, students enrolled in a textile design class were paired with artisans in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. With no opportunity to meet in person, 13 design teams used the popular communication app WhatsApp to each develop a collection of scarves. The immediacy of digital communication facilitated a rapid back and forth rapport between the designers. This interface created unlikely pairings that due to cultural barriers related to gender, marital status, and religion would not have typically occurred. The technology provided the opportunity to build spectacular synergy together! The collections are amazing and the byproduct? Great friendships were formed as all discovered that design is a universal language that can cross culture

Sign up for Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection emails