When we started, our goal was to create multi-lingual communication bridges across the American continent so that all cultural heritage practitioners could connect and receive up-to-date training and technical information. Today, 30 years later, more than 4,200 conservation professionals in Latin America, the Caribbean and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries are connected, and more than 600 have received specialized training through multilingual events organized by APOYOnline. Our dream became a reality.
And to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are organizing the "APOYOnline 30th Anniversary Conference and Workshop on Photographic Conservation" in September 2019, in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, in collaboration with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Casa de Rui Barbosa, University of Delaware, and other sponsors. 200 people from Latin America, North America and Europe are expected to share their experiences in networks, preventive conservation, risk management, digital preservation and education, and to carry out another HANDS-ON initiative for a needy local institution.
Additional projects for our 30th anniversary include the coordination of fellows from the 2019 Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship Program at the AIC meeting and leadership of the panel "Emerging Cultural Heritage Management: Sharing Experiences and Strengthening Networks in the Americas" at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting. And, of course, a 30 year celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!