EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education
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. All submissions must:
- Demonstrate a clear connection between educator, medium, and audience.
- Demonstrated emphasis on the education mission of the institution.
- Include a clear explanation of what makes this approach to education new, innovative, and different, both for the organization and for the field as a whole.
- Explain how the nominee has employed these new methods or repurposed existing practices & how this innovation is both aligned with and a new take on museum education best practices.
- Include a description of how this approach helps makes the case for museums as essential institutions.
- Include evaluation data supporting the innovation that shows the impact of the innovation on the audience and the institution.
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, seniors, and Pre-K audiences).
Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018
Questions? Email: Claudia Ocello
Past Award Winners
- 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