Leadership Awards

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 future.


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.


For more information about the Leadership Awards Program, please contact awards@museums.ab.ca.



Past Recipients of the Leadership Awards

Education Engagement Sustainability


To see more past recipients of the Leadership Awards, please see the 'Awards' category in the Document Library

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