ERIC Number: ED448786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Institute of Museum and Library Services National Award for Museum Service, 2000.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
This document announces the winners of the 2000 National Award for Museum Service. The award winners demonstrate the kind of influence and impact museums can bring to community life. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York) enjoys an international reputation for its collection of modern and contemporary art and its innovative special exhibitions. Consisting of components that offer neighborhood workshops and field trips to the museum, the "ARTStart" program is an inner-city collaboration that encourages self-awareness and self-confidence in at-risk youth. "The Summer of Monet" campaign, a major collaborative effort that capitalized on the influx of tourists attending the exhibition "Monet at Giverny: Masterpieces from the Musee Marmottan," showcased all of the cultural organizations and activities in Western New York. The Alutiiq Museum (Kodiak, Arkansas) is dedicated to preserving and sharing the culture of the Alutiiq, a Native Alaskan people. Through the museum's "Community Archaeology" and "Site Stewardship" programs, volunteers give thousands of hours to protect and study threatened archaeological sites. Local media help to revitalize the Alutiiq language and share cultural lessons through the "Alutiiq Word of the Week" program. In partnership with nine remote village schools, the museum helps students preserve, explore and reinvent artistic traditions in an annual "Rural School Art Show." The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia (Beckley, West Virginia) offers hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, a science room and a recreated pioneer village. The"Page After Page" exhibition highlights West Virginia children's authors. The pilot "Transition to School Program" is designed to bring special needs preschoolers and their families into the museum. The "Artist-in-Residence School Program" has introduced thousands to live theatre, native arts-and-crafts, dance, storytelling and traditional Appalachian music. Past winners (1994-1999) are listed in the back of the document. (AEF)
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Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.