AMM Awards Program
The Association of Manitoba Museums’ Awards Program, established in 2012 (the AMM's 40th Anniversary), promotes and celebrates excellence in preserving and presenting Manitoba’s heritage.
There are two Awards available: The Award of Excellence and the Award of Merit.
The deadline for nominations is August 18, 2017*
*Nominations made after this date will be considered for the conference in 2018.
Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding projects and achievements, from its institutional members, that demonstrate and maintain high standards in the following areas of museum practice. Up to three awards may be issued annually. Projects completed within two years of the nomination deadline are eligible.
Museum Management and Leadership: For achieving outstanding leadership that led to improvement and excellence institutionally and/or within the Manitoba museum community.
Public Service: For achieving outstanding public service or partnership within a community, local or provincial, that led to improved understanding and raised profile of the institution and/or the museum community as a whole within the public sector.
Programming: For innovative development and presentation of high quality programming that reaches and enhances the museum experience of new and existing audiences.
Exhibits: For innovative development and construction of high quality temporary, permanent, traveling, or on-line exhibitions that achieve effective and outstanding museum visitor experience.
Collections Care: For achieving outstanding trusteeship of collections care through management, preventative care and conservation, and innovation within the museum’s collections that illustrates leadership in this fundamental museum practice.
Research and Publication: For exceptional research activities and/or outcomes that enhance the experience and knowledge of the museum visitor, museum professional and/or subject experts.
Please note that nominators do not have to pick the category, this will be done by the Awards Committee.
Award of Merit
The Award of Merit recognizes lasting and significant contributions, by an individual or group of individuals, to the Manitoba museum community that provided leadership, innovation and inspiration in the preservation and presentation of Manitoba’s heritage. Up to three awards may be issued annually.
Award winners from 2016
Grand Marais Heritage Committee for their East Beaches Heritage Wing Exhibition.
Manitoba Agricultural Museum for Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry
East Beaches, Grand Marais Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
Grand Marais Heritage Committee for their East Beaches Heritage Wing Exhibition
This exhibition is an excellent example of meticulous research, innovative community engagement, and is accessible and appealing to visitors.
The exhibits tell the unique story of the people of the East Beaches and how they adapted to the changes in the local economy from subsistence resource use, to a service industry economy. At the centre of what became a thriving tourism industry, was Grand Beach, a resort built by the railway. The railway left in 1961, taking much of the community’s fame and fortune with it.
Manitoba Agricultural Museum
Harvesting Hope a World Record to Help the Hungry (Harvesting Hope).This was an amazing community building project; it promoted heritage, taught us about the past, engaged volunteers and visitors, raised awareness, supported your organization and supported families and agriculture in less-developed nations. It’s great how by helping others you also helped yourself.
This program is deserving of the award for its community building amongst heritage organizations, engaging new public audiences, enhancing tourism in Manitoba, and renewed investment in preserving agricultural artifacts.
Winners from 2014!
Congratulations to Pauline Riley, Interlake Tourism Association, and The Manitoba Museum for being this year's Award recipients.
Award of Merit
Pauline Riley - for her relentless efforts in fundraising, and other activities, on behalf of the Winnipegosis Museum.
Pauline Riley accepting the Award of Merit from Heather Beerling
Award of Excellence
Interlake Tourism Association - for their assistance in helping 10 museums in the Interlake Region to put together the successful traveling exhibit Unlocked: Stories from the Interlake.
Gail McDonald accepting the award from Matthew Komus on behalf of the Interlake Tourism Association.
The Manitoba Museum - for their incredible school programs during Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed exhibit.
Anya Moodie-Foster accepting the award from Heather Beerling on behalf of The Manitoba Museum.