The Alberta Museums Association Leadership Awards are grounded
in the belief that excellence, innovation, and creativity form the
foundation of outstanding museums. Award categories recognize the
exceptional work and innovative thinking in the museum community
that contribute to the social, cultural, and educational fabric of
Alberta. Award recipients take the lead in creating value,
accessibility, and relevance in their communities.
Nominations for Leadership Awards are accepted in the categories
of Engagement, Sustainability, and Education.
For information on submitting a Leadership Award nomination,
please see the Leadership Awards FAQ.
cultivating museum and community interaction
Nominees in this category are continually searching for ways to
engage the public with culture. They see museums as a fundamental
part of society - as something to be accessed and embraced by
everyone. Nominees lend their space and ideas to engaging
programming and other activities that take museums outside their
traditional roles in society and encourage inclusive conversations.
They create opportunities for reconciliation, hope, and healing.
Nominees seek to connect people to museum collections in unusual
and daring ways. They advocate for museums as evidenced through
their everyday work. Nominees engage various communities to tell
exceptional stories that could otherwise be overlooked. These
initiatives provide meaningful experiences for Albertans to
discover more about the stories of the people and cultures that
define our history and shape our modern communities.
building organizational vibrancy
Nominees in this category work to integrate the Five Facets of
Sustainability (cultural, health and well-being, environmental,
financial, and social) into their museum practice. They implement
best practices that meet the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs by supporting forward-thinking research, exhibits,
conservation practices, and programming. They are seen as leaders
due to their bold and inspiring work. Nominees actively lead and
participate in community projects and programs that consider
environmental and social issues and play an important role in
creating a thriving museum sector, both now and far into the
facilitating a culture of inquiry
Nominees in this category are innovative in their approach to
educational program development and delivery. They view education
as a core function of the museum, which is reflected in their
collections research and exhibit development. They inspire lifelong
learning through participatory programming, interpretation, and
artifact engagement, and reach out to diverse audiences and
encourage people to think critically about the world around them.
Nominees strive to make information accessible to a wide audience
by considering the needs of different types of learners, using
evaluation tools to understand community impact and refine their
approach to programming, and providing opportunities for visitors
to experience a sense of curiosity and wonder.
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