MAAM Awards Program

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is pleased to announce a new awards program, launched in 2021.

These awards honor organizations, companies and individuals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for innovation, outstanding emerging and mid-career professionals, collections care, and lifetime achievement. We will leave applications open for submissions for the 2022 year.

Awardees will be recognized at the next Annual Meeting (2022). MAAM cannot accept incomplete applications.

Read more on each of the award categories below:

Awards Honoring Individuals

Each year the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) honors organizations and individuals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for leadership, career achievements and next practices with the following awards:

Emerging Professional Award

An award celebrating outstanding emerging professionals who have worked or volunteered in the museum industry for fewer than 7 years.  To nominate an individual, write a cover letter explaining your reasons for nominating this individual and explaining their contributions to the field as well as any other significant details.

Promising Leadership Award (Mid-Career)

An award celebrating outstanding emerging professionals who have worked or volunteered in the museum industry for between 7 and 15 years.  This individual should be a promising leader, offering exceptional service, demonstrate leadership skills on projects and among teams, and/or show outstanding commitment to the field. To nominate an individual, write a cover letter explaining your reasons for nominating this individual and explaining their contributions to the field as well as any other significant details.

Katherine Coffey Award (Senior Leadership)

Click here to learn more about the Katherine Coffey Award and to view past honorees.

Each year MAAM gives the Katherine Coffey Award to an individual in recognition of distinguished, lifetime achievement in the museum field. Nominees should have worked as a paid professional for at least 15 years in a principal position. In addition, the nominee should have been employed in the Mid-Atlantic region during the period of principal contribution for which the award is being given. Nominees should demonstrate accomplishment in their role and a record of service to the professional on state, regional, national and/or international levels. Nominees should also a have a proven record of service to the community in which the museum is located. Two letters of recommendation need to be submitted for each nominee/nomination.

Collections Care Award

Offered by MAAM’s Registrar’s Committee, the Collections Care Award goes to individual(s) who demonstrate excellence in caring for collections in museums and cultural organizations. This person can be at any stage of their career.

Awards Honoring Institutions for Programming, Special Projects, or Exhibitions

Making an Impact Award

This award honors museums and institutions as a whole for developing either a program, exhibition, or special project that displays responsiveness and resourcefulness and have resulted in creative change for their organizations and a positive impact on their communities.

Institutions can be recognized for a variety of forms of creativity, from new revenue models and community practices to virtual programming and recovery efforts and beyond. To nominate an institution, write a description explaining why you are nominating the institution, and its impact and contribution to the community and museum field, and any other significant details. Institution will also be asked to submit 2 documents supporting the nomination.

Institutions can nominate their own projects or exhibitions for this award.

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