Access & Identity
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The Award of Merit winner receives discounted registration to the annual conference to help them accept the award in person.
Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award
This award recognizes a board member or staff leader that saw their organization through a critical challenge or significant opportunity in a creative, effective manner.
The Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a museum professional who is under the age of 35 and currently employed at a cultural institution. The Rising Star displays creative thinking and inspires institutional change.
This award recognizes devoted staff and volunteers who are instrumental in moving their organizations forward over a sustained period. Nominations are accepted for individuals or a team of staff and/or volunteers.
This award rewards those who take risks and rise to the challenge of turning an unexpected challenge into an asset. Nominations should indicate the initial goal, what changed, and the resulting organization benefit.
Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by NAME
This award recognizes an exhibition (physical and/or digital) produced by a cultural institution that articulates content through engaging design and creates a satisfying visitor experience. Supporting materials must include installation documentation and audience feedback.
Innovation in Collections Access Award
This award recognizes exemplary projects (physical and/or digital) that broaden access, preserve, and catalog museum and heritage organization collections.
Engaging Communities Award
This award recognizes an organization’s that uses creative methods to engage its community and build new audiences. Projects can include collections interpretation, exhibitions, lecture series, educational or public programs, focus groups, strategic planning, or other community engagement effort.
For the Innovation in Collections Access Awards and Engaging Communities Award judges will consider making awards in the following four budget categories: Volunteer - $100,000, $100,000 - $500,000, $500,000 - $1,000,000, and over $1,000,000