Sample Submission


Email: Claudia Ocello

EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education

This award recognizes, encourages, and celebrates innovation in museum education.  The award will go to either an individual or team in conjunction with a program, resource, or media piece, and could include a museum program done outside the museum walls, in the community. We define innovation as a new technology, practice, or methodology, or repurposing of an old or existing method or practice.  All submissions must:

  • Demonstrate a clear connection between educator, medium, and audience.
  • Demonstrated emphasis on the education mission of the institution.
  • Include a clear explanation of what makes this approach to education new, innovative, and different, both for the organization and for the field as a whole.
  • Explain how the nominee has employed these new methods or repurposed existing practices & how this innovation is both aligned with and a new take on museum education best practices.
  • Include a description of how this approach helps makes the case for museums as essential institutions.
  • Include evaluation data supporting the innovation that shows the impact of the innovation on the audience and the institution.

Programs/projects should clearly address one or more of the challenges cited in the Center for the Future of Museums' "Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem" (available for download at and/or respond to broad trends in education and museum education (either in the P-12 world or learning for adults, seniors, and preK audiences).


  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL for SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement) program


  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA for Returning Citizens Tour Guide Project


  • Accokeek Foundation, Accokeek, MD for Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp