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EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming

This award recognizes exemplary creativity in museum educational programming. To be eligible, the program must have clearly articulated goals/outcomes, be designed to achieve the goals/outcomes with the intended audiences, have concrete evidence of success through an evaluation process, have been presented three consecutive years, and reflect institutional commitment. Programs that clearly address one or more of the principles outlined in the AAM’s policy statement on public education, Excellence and Equity, will be given special consideration.

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 Programming 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://www.aam-us.org/about-us/grants-awards-and-competitions/award-for-excellence-in-programming/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 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, EdCom Awards Chair.

Past Recipients

2018

  • High School Apprenticeship Program
    New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

2017

2016 (tie)

  • Subway Sleuths 
    The NY Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY

  • Students Opposing Slavery International Summit 
    President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC

2015

  • Native American Fellowship Program
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2014

2013

  • Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP)
    The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

2012

  • Wildlife Career Ladder
    Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY

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