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EdCom Award for Excellence in Practice

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exemplary service to the public through the practice of education in a museum. The person’s contributions may be through teaching, program development, community organizing, writing, research and/or professional activities. Awardees meet, establish, and promote the highest professional standards and are recognized as leaders in their field. Eligible nominees will be knowledgeable, demonstrate creativity, and succeed in stretching the boundaries defining the parameters of good practice.

You must fill out the online form; submissions not accepted in any other format.

Thursday November 8 2018: Nominations for awards open.
Thursday January 31 2019: Nominations close.

There is a $25 fee for each entry. This fee goes towards the production of the awards and towards paying for one ticket for the Excellence in Practice Award winner to the EdCom Luncheon where the awards are given out at the AAM Annual Meeting. Your nomination will not be considered complete until the fee has been paid. To pay the fee, visit http://ww2.aam-us.org/about-us/grants-awards-and-competitions/excellence-in-practice/application-fee. This link will reappear after you submit the nomination form below.

All EdCom Award Recipients receive the following recognition:

  • Honored at the AAM Annual Meeting
  • Awardees are featured in the Annual Award Issue of AAM’s Museum Magazine
  • Awardees receive recognition in EdCom’s e-newsletter
  • Awardees featured on AAM’s Alliance Labs Blog
  • Awardees may be featured in a future national webinar or article on best practices in museum education
  • Awardees may be featured in a “Best Practices in Museum Education” Panel at the AAM Annual Meeting
  • All awardees receive an award, perfect for display in the most public of spaces

Questions only (no award submissions please) to: Veronica Alvarez Awards EdCom Awards Chair.

Recipients

2018

  • Maria Marable Bunch, National Archives & Records Administration, Washington, DC

2016

  • Jane Burrell, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

2015

  • Suzy Harris, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

2014

Leah Melber, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

2013

Susan Nichols, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C

2012

Paula Gangopadhyay, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

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