Leadership Awards FAQ
What are the Leadership Awards?
The AMA Leadership Awards are an opportunity for the larger
Alberta community to nominate a leader in museum practice who
creates value, accessibility, and relevance, and contributes to
engaged communities and a great quality of life.
The Leadership Awards recognize exceptional work and innovative
thinking in the museum community. They celebrate achievements in
the collection, research, preservation, exhibition, and
interpretation of the world around us, which contribute to the
social, cultural, and educational fabric of Alberta.
The Leadership Awards Program is grounded in the belief that
excellence, innovation, and creativity form the foundation of
Who can I nominate?
Nominees for the Leadership Awards can self-nominate or nominate
others. Nominees can be individuals, institutions, or project
teams. Any resident or institution of Alberta can be nominated.
Nominees are not required to be members of the AMA. Posthumous
nominations are not eligible.
What are the Leadership Award categories?
The Leadership Awards have three categories: Engagement,
Sustainability, and Education.
cultivating museum and community interaction
Nominees in this category are continually searching for ways to
engage the public with culture. They see museums as a fundamental
part of society-as something to be accessed and embraced by
everyone. Nominees lend their space and ideas to engaging
programming and other activities that take museums outside their
traditional roles in society and encourage inclusive conversations.
They create opportunities for reconciliation, hope, and healing.
Nominees seek to connect people to museum collections in unusual
and daring ways. They advocate for museums as evidenced through
their everyday work. Nominees engage various communities to tell
exceptional stories that could otherwise be overlooked. These
initiatives provide meaningful experiences for Albertans to
discover more about the stories of the people and cultures that
define our history and shape our modern communities.
building organizational vibrancy
Nominees in this category work to integrate the Five Facets of
Sustainability (cultural, health and well-being, environmental,
financial, and social) into their museum practice. They implement
best practices that meet the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs by supporting forward-thinking research, exhibits,
conservation practices, and programming. They are seen as leaders
due to their bold and inspiring work. Nominees actively lead and
participate in community projects and programs that consider
environmental and social issues and play an important role in
creating a thriving museum sector, both now and far into the
facilitating a culture of inquiry
Nominees in this category are innovative in their approach to
educational program development and delivery. They view education
as a core function of the museum, which is reflected in their
collections research and exhibit development. They inspire lifelong
learning through participatory programming, interpretation, and
artifact engagement, and reach out to diverse audiences and
encourage people to think critically about the world around them.
Nominees strive to make information accessible to a wide audience
by considering the needs of different types of learners, using
evaluation tools to understand community impact and refine their
approach to programming, and provide opportunities for visitors to
experience a sense of curiosity and wonder.
Can I nominate someone for more than one
An individual, institution, or project team can be nominated for
a maximum of two categories in any given year. Separate nomination
packages specific to each category should be submitted. Please note
that nominees can receive an award in only one
category per year.
What subjects can the submission focus on?
Submissions should address how nominees demonstrate leadership
in museum practice and use their work to inspire their peers to do
the same. Nominees must be innovative in their approach to
improving the quality of life and creating value in their
Submissions can cover a wide range of themes, including, but not
- Collections management
- Community engagement
- Exhibit design
- New media
- Scholarly research
- Visitor studies
- Volunteer management
How do I submit a nomination?
All submissions are to be made through the AMA website using the
Leadership Awards Nomination Form. A step-by-step guide for
preparing a nomination package can be found in the
Leadership Awards Nomination Booklet. Please note that any
incomplete nominations submitted or nominations that do not meet
the mandate of the Leadership Awards will not be considered.
When are nominations due?
Nominations are closed for 2019.
How do I find out more information?
More information about the Leadership Awards can be found
AMA website and in the
Leadership Awards Nomination Booklet.
If you have any further questions, please contact Adrienne
Briggs, Program Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at