Champion of Museums Award

A Call for Stories about Trustees who Demonstrate Leadership and Service Through Advocacy

The American Alliance of Museums is seeking nominations for its inaugural Champion of Museums award, to be presented during Museums Advocacy Day, February 27-28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Champion of Museums Award will be presented to museum trustees who have demonstrated leadership and service by advocating for their institution and for the museum field.

Nominate a museum trustee today in recognition of their advocacy for museums at the federal, state, or local level, for making the case to policymakers and public officials that museums are essential community assets, provide lifelong learning, bolster local economies, and protect and preserve important collections.

To nominate your trustee, please provide—via the form below—your name, your institution, your email address, your phone number, the name of your nominee, your nominee's title, your nominee’s years of service, and a brief narrative (up to 500 words) describing the nominee's accomplishments, including a short story that reflects a specific advocacy success.

The Champion of Museums award is part of AAM’s new Museum Trustee Initiative, which will include a national survey of museum trustees based on the bi-annual effort by BoardSource of trustees from all types of nonprofits. The BoardSource Leading With Intent survey consistently finds that advocacy is an essential role of nonprofit trustees.

Awardees will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated leadership as a museum trustee by advocating for museums at the federal, state or local level;
  • A history of advocating for their individual museum and for the museum field as a whole;
  • Willingness to share their success story with the museum field (either as part of a panel discussion or in written form), including why advocacy by trustees is crucial and how to inspire more museum trustees to be advocates;
  • Availability to participate in Museums Advocacy Day 2017 and to accept their award in Washington, DC on February 28; and
  • Diversity of awardees in terms of type of museum represented, size of museum represented, and background of museum trustees.
Nominations are being accepted through November 30. All nomination information will be kept confidential until awardees are selected. One nomination per museum, please.