2021 ARCS Contracting in Collections Work Series

With contracting expected to increase as museums tighten their belts post-COVID and a surge of newly laid-off professionals entering the field as independents, now is the time for a discussion to ensure these working relationships are based on fairness and equity.

Whether you are considering making the jump to freelance work, are a seasoned contractor, or you hire and work with contractors at your institution, there’s something for everyone in this summer series.

Webinar 1: The Business of Being a Contract Collections Professional, Part 1

In this webinar we go straight to the experts: a lawyer, a tax professional, and an insurance agent, to cover the basics of what you need to know to start and run a business as a sole proprietor or LLC. Whether you’re just starting out or have been a freelancer for years, you won’t want to miss it!


  • Blair Wunderlich, Risk Advisor, Fine Art, DeWitt Stern
  • Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Esquire, McMillan Metro
  • Jay E. Reiner, CPA

Webinar 2: The Business of Being a Contract Collections Professional, Part 2

Four independent collections managers and registrars talk about what it’s really like to be a contract collections professional. This panel session will focus on best practices vs. reality, what to consider before starting a business, and how to make informed decisions as a contract professional. Topics include finding clients, responding to RFPs, federal contracting, determining pricing, working with private collectors, managing client relationships, and more!


  • Joy Tahan Ruddell, Collections and Registration Specialist, JTR Collections Management
  • Rosemary M. DeRosa, Founder and Principle, Art Registration Services
  • MJ Hagan, Collections Manager and Registrar, MJH Collections Management, LLC

Webinar 3: Ethical Contracting: Rethinking the Process to Contract Collections Professionals
August 18th 1pm EST

How can we ensure contract professionals are not left out of the field wide discussions on DEIA, pay transparency, and equity? Join us as we reimagine the museum/contractor relationship and present a practical framework for practicing ‘ethical contracting’ at your institution.

Here how the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is actively revisioning their organization’s policies and procedures for working with contractors to make them more equitable and transparent and to align with the museum’s DEIA policies.

Participants will receive sample documents and practical tips they can implement at their institution.


  • Anne M. Young, Director of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
  • MJ Hagan, Collections Manager and Registrar, MJH Collections Management, LLC

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