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EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education

2022 AAM Awards Update: To maximize reach, engagement, impact, and learning for the museum field—as well as the celebration of our inspiring award winners—AAM awards programs are currently under review and temporarily on hold. This will likely result in a shift of award submission deadlines, previously set to align around the AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo. We look forward to sharing more information later in 2022 through our website and member communications.

Please note for 2021 EdCom will be only offering the EdCom Award for Innovation and Education–Pandemic Edition.

This award recognizes, encourages, and celebrates innovation in museum education. The award will go to either an individual or team in conjunction with a program, resource, or media piece, and could include a museum program done outside the museum walls, in the community. We define innovation as a new technology, practice, or methodology, or repurposing of an old or existing method or practice. Programs/projects should clearly address one or more of the challenges cited in the Center for the Future of Museums’ “Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem” and/or respond to broad trends in education and museum education (either in the P-12 world or learning for adults and seniors).

Nominations are now closed.

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
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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
  • All awardees receive an award, perfect for display in the most public of spaces
  • Awardees may be featured in a “Best Practices in Museum Education” Panel at the AAM Annual Meeting
  • Featured on AAM’s blog/website

Questions? (no award submissions please) Please contact Brooke Rosenblatt, EdCom Awards Lead (rosenblattb (a) si (dot) edu).



Small Museum Category

Mid-sized Museum Category

Large Museum Category (tie)



  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for The Urban Farming School Program


  • Shiloh Museum of Ozark History for Wa Kuk Wa Jimor: Canoe of One Community


  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois for SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement)


  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA for Returning Citizens Tour Guide Project


  • Accokeek Foundation, Accokeek, MD for Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp

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