Monday, 12 September 2016
Congratulations to Leadership Awards Recipients: Edmonton Heritage Council, Fort Museum of the North-West Mounted Police, Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is pleased to present the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, and the Fort Museum of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) with Leadership Awards recognizing their exceptional work in creating value, accessibility, and relevance in their communities. The awards will be presented at the 2016 AMA Conference in Calgary as part of the Awards Ceremony on September 16, 2016.
The AMA Leadership Awards recognize excellence, innovation, and creativity in Alberta’s museum community in three categories: Engagement, Education, and Sustainability. Nominations for the Leadership Awards were adjudicated by the Leadership Awards Committee, comprised of individual members of the AMA.
The Engagement Award will be presented to the Edmonton Heritage Council in recognition of the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP). ECAMP treats the city of Edmonton as its museum, interpreting through an interactive blog, podcasts, history tours, and pop-up exhibits. ECAMP pushes the boundaries of a traditional museum by taking a collaborative approach to content creation, engaging with citizens to write the historical narrative of Edmonton, and challenging assumptions about the city.
Edmonton City as Museum Project Pop-Up Exhibit
The Education Award will be presented to the Fort Museum of the NWMP in recognition of the March of the Red Coats Program. For the past nine years March of the Red Coats has offered an interactive and participatory environment for students, incorporating perspectives from the NWMP and the Blackfoot Nation to help students understand the contemporary relevance of Treaty Seven negotiations, the whisky trade, and the arrival of the NWMP in southern Alberta.
March of the Red Coats
The Sustainability Award will be presented to the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, which draws inspiration from its industrial and entrepreneurial past to create a dynamic space that is a model of sustainability. The Historic District uses innovative solutions to build and maintain its long-term sustainability, including the expansion of student and artist in residence programs and the purchase of Plainsman Clay Ltd., the primary supplier of ceramic clays and related products in Western Canada.
Medalta Clay Industries National Historic District
The AMA Annual Conference A Culture of Sharing: Inquiring Minds, Empowering Museums will take place September 15 – 17, 2016 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary. For more information, please visit museums.ab.ca.