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Recognition for the Advancement Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Award Winner

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Award Winners

Since 2016, the American Alliance of Museums has recognized individuals, programs/initiatives, and organizations advancing their institutions and/or museum field in the areas of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). With acknowledgement that DEAI work is necessarily ongoing and iterative, this recognition highlights important and noteworthy work that is driving impact and making a difference both internally through museum workplace culture, programs, and policies and externally through engagement with museum audiences and communities. The work of honorees serves as learning opportunities and inspiration to others in the field. Consideration is given equally to those individuals and institutions who may not define their efforts as specifically DEAI, but whose commitment to DEAI values is evident in the impact of and results their work. New as of 2023, multiple individuals, programs/initiatives, and organizations may be recognized in a given year.

Recognition may be given for:

  • Individuals who have served as a catalyst for change in the areas of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in their workplace, community, and/or the museum field
  • Single programs/initiatives in any area of a museum’s structure (administration, collections management, community engagement, curation, development, exhibitions, education, human resources, public relations, registration, etc.) that advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • Organizations that demonstrate sustained and measurable support for advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion across all areas of their structure, internally and externally

Contact aamnominate@aam-us.org with questions.

Eligibility

Individuals

  • Nominees may work for or with museums in any capacity.
  • Nominee may be from or based in any country but must demonstrate contributions to US museum(s) and/or the US museum field.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

Programs/Initiatives and Organizations

  • Nominees may include museums, museum service organizations, affiliate organizations, ally organizations, related collectives, consultant organizations, universities, etc.–and any program or initiative within those organizations.
  • Nominations may be submitted by staff of the organization or program/initiative being nominated, or by a peer.
  • Recognition is limited to programs/initiatives and organizations based in the United States

Submit a Nomination

In addition to contact information for the nominator and nominee, please submit a compelling narrative summary (500-word maximum) of why the individual, program/initiative, or organization deserves to be recognized, outlining the specific nature, outcomes (including any available data), and impact of the nominee’s work. Your submission may also describe how the work addresses the following:

  • LEARNING – building of knowledge and skills to support more equitable and sustainable organizational practices
  • PRACTICE – creation or use of tools and approaches that help staff, trustees, and/or community apply a DEAI lens to their work
  • COLLECTIVE ACTION – examples of how a DEAI lens is applied to work through programming, operations, philanthropy, etc.

Timeline & Additional Information

  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 20, 2023 for consideration.
  • An official announcement of the honorees will be made in May 2023
  • Honorees will receive a complimentary, nontransferable registration to attend the 2023 AAM Annual Meeting, though attendance at the conference is not required.

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