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2020 Awards of Merit

The Power of Partnership

March 29 - 31, 2020 | Albany, NY

MANY’s Awards of Merit recognize outstanding and innovative programs, staff, and volunteers who have enriched New York State museums with new and remarkable projects. Any organization or individual can nominate an organization, person(s), or project completed in 2019 at a museum, heritage, or cultural organization in the state of New York. Nomination of oneself or one’s organization is permissible and encouraged. 

The Award of Merit winner(s) receives discounted registration to the annual conference to help them accept the award in person.

See the 2019 Awards of Merit winners

Awards of Merit Nomination Categories: 

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 over a sustained period.

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.

Individual Achievement

This award recognizes devoted staff and volunteers who are instrumental in moving their organizations forward. Nominations are accepted for individuals or a team of staff and/or volunteers.

Development Award

This award recognizes institutions whose fundraising campaigns have been innovative, engaging, and successful. This award showcases teams or individuals who garner financial support creatively and effectively for the benefit of their organization and their community’s cultural economy.

    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 Award 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

    MANY Board Member Georgette Grier-Key with 2019 Engaging Community Award Winner Kathryn Murano-Santos from Rochester Museum of Science for Take it Down.

    MANY Board Member Georgette Grier-Key with 2019 Engaging Community Award Winner Kathryn Murano Santos from Rochester Museum & Science Center for "Take it Down."

    Left to Right Erika Sanger (MANY Executive Director), Mellissa Huber, Assistant Curator (The Costume Institute), Thomas Schuler, Chief Government Affairs Officer (The Met), and Suzanne LeBlanc (MANY Board Presiden) present the 2019 Excellence in Design Award to Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left to Right: Erika Sanger (MANY Executive Director), Mellissa Huber, Assistant Curator (The Costume Institute), Thomas Schuler, Chief Government Affairs Officer (The Met), and Suzanne LeBlanc (MANY Board President) present the 2019 Excellence in Design Award to "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Brian Howard, left, MANY Board Member presents Miranda Peters, Director of Collections, The Fort Ticonderoga the 2019 Rising Star in Collections Award of Merit

    Brian Howard, left, MANY Board Member presents Miranda Peters, Director of Collections, The Fort Ticonderoga the 2019 Rising Star in Collections Award of Merit

    JUDGING CRITERIA AND NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

    Nominations will be reviewed on their own merit and will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance to the field, overall quality, and their unique or innovative character. Judges will consider the ways in which a project demonstrates the professional growth of an organization or individual, adherence to museum standards and best practices, level of risk and return on investment, and how the project enhanced the organization’s mission.

    Completed Nominations Include:

          • Completed Awards of Merit Nomination Form
          • Nominated institution’s mission statement and brief description of organization. 
          • If you are nominating someone for an individual award, include a biography with relevant information of no more than 250 words. 
          • 50 words or less description of project or individual achievement for promotional materials.
          • Project documentation must be submitted as attached pdfs and may include digital images, powerpoint presentations, audio or video, press releases, newspaper articles, reviews, or other promotional materials. For exhibition catalogs or other museum publications, please mail a hard copy to the MANY office at 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. 
          • 500-750 word description that addresses the following as relevant to the category. 
                1. How the project or person’s work benefited the public.
                2. How the project enhanced the professionalism of the organization/individual.
                3. How the project improved the organization’s ability to serve the public. 
                4. How project an outstanding example in its category. 
                5. How is this organization/person best utilizing their resources? 
                6. How is this project relevant? Is it significant, innovative? 
                7. How was this project/person ambitious? 

    Nominations are now closed.

    Award winners will be announced late December 2019 /early January 2020.

    Conference registration opens January 13, 2020.

    Congratulations to our 2019 Awards of Merit Winners!

    Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award

    Kate Bennett, Past President, Rochester Museum & Science Center


    The Rising Star Award

    Kara Augustine, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street

    Miranda Peters, Director of Collections, The Fort Ticonderoga


    Individual Achievement

    Star D'Angelo, Former Executive Director, Shaker Heritage Society


    Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by NAME

    Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Hudson River Train Tour App, Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


    Innovation in Collections Access Award

    Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region 

    Wendy E. Harris & Arnold Pickman, Cragsmoor Historical Society


    Engaging Communities Award

    Volunteer - $100,000 Living History Day, Boston Historical Society

    $100,000 - $500,000 Teaching with Primary Resources, Warwick Historical Society

    $500,000 - $1,000,000 Art Travelers through Time, Hofstra University

    Over $1,000,000 Take It Down: Organizing Against Racism, Rochester Museum & Science Center


    MANY Board of Directors Special Achievement Award

    The Citizenship Project, N-Y Historical Society


    Brian Howard presents Kate Bennet (past president at the Rochester Museum & Science Center) with the 2019 Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award

    Brian Howard presents Kate Bennet (past president at the Rochester Museum & Science Center) with the 2019 Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award

    Starlyn D'Angelo ( Former Executive Director, Shaker Heritage Society) received the 2019 Individual Achievement Award

    Starlyn D'Angelo ( Former Executive Director, Shaker Heritage Society) received the 2019 Individual Achievement Award

     

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