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Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence

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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.

The Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence honors outstanding work by a museum professional with less than ten years in the field. It recognizes a specific achievement or body of work that has benefited either the honoree’s home institution or the museum field in general. The honoree’s work may be in any area of museum operations (administration, collections management, community engagement, curation, development, exhibitions, education, human resources, public relations, registration, etc.).

Recent award winners have been recognized for harnessing social media to excite and engage audiences about museums’ work, significantly growing their institutions’ membership programs, designing innovative learning environments, and transforming their museums into vibrant community hubs.

The award carries a $1,000 stipend to be used in furtherance of the honoree’s professional development. It is typically presented at the AAM Annual Meeting.

First given in 1985, the award commemorates the late Nancy Hanks’ lifelong support of cultural endeavors, and in particular her encouragement of young professionals. Hanks served eight years as chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, among other accomplishments.

If you know someone with less than 10 years’ experience who’s having a major impact in their museum or in the field, nominate them below to be considered for the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award.

Eligibility

  • Nominee should have less than 10 years’ experience in the museum field
  • Nominee should be a currently active museum professional
  • Nominee may be from or based in any country; award is not limited to US museum professionals or contributions to the US museum field

Individuals cannot self-nominate for the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.

Criteria

Evaluations are based on the following:

  • The nature of the nominee’s achievement(s)
  • The impact of the nominee’s achievement(s) on the museum and/or the field
  • The case made in the nominator’s narrative summary and through letters of support

The above factors are considered in relation to the nominee’s length of time in the museum field and current position and responsibilities.

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History

First given in 1985, the award commemorates the late Nancy Hanks’ lifelong support of cultural endeavors, and in particular her encouragement of young professionals. Hanks served eight years as chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, among other accomplishments.

Past Recipients

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