This past week, Northwestern hosted a meeting of the CACG, the Chicago Area Conservation Group. The presentation was titled, "Creating Conservation Partnerships: How Education, Outreach and Digitization Initiatives Influence Conservation Treatment." I was part of it. I presented for about five minutes, not too bad, about my internship and how I worked on my respective treatments. I'll be presenting a longer version of this presentation at next month's Interns Talk, but this was my first introduction to the whole thang.
Let me start by saying I got SO nervous, my voice was shaking, and I literally ran out of breath at the end. It was scary. Beyond that, I don't think I said anything incriminating or politically incorrect. Sometimes, in conservation, if you use the wrong terminology it doesn't just look dumb, it looks bad. Its important to be clear and honest, because your choice of action if very important. Anyways, I was scared I'd mess up a word, and it'd suddenly sound like I was doing something terrible. Luckily, that didn't happen. Afterwards, I was able to speak with a few of the conservators at the Art Institute and some private conservators. It was definitely interesting speaking with them, and hearing about their professional experiences.
So, it was alright. Not great. I got too nervous. But it's over. And I didn't say anything too bad. And I know that eventually, I'll get more comfortable talking about conservation treatments and such. Overall, it was a great time, beyond my nerves.