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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).

Submit to the 2018 Competition

Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

Sample Submission

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

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