Each year the Arkansas Museums Association (AMA) presents awards to celebrate and encourage excellence within Arkansas museums. Successful award recipients will be honored at the upcoming AMA Annual Conference. The AMA Awards Committee, comprised of one representative from each district, seeks nominations and serves as the selection committee for AMA. Click here to download the AMA awards guidelines and instructions.
Award winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Annual Conference on March 28.
AMA invites nominations annually in the following categories:
For excellence in preservation and conservation practices that illustrate exceptional standards set forth by the American Alliance of Museums and/or Society of American Archivists and executed by staff of an AMA museum. Preservation and conservation practices may include but are not limited to paper, textiles, paintings (framed or unframed), photographs, ceramics, glass, metal, scientific specimens, bone, leather, and stone.
For outstanding achievement in all forms of media that is distinguished by quality of concept, content and design; effectively reaches the intended target audience; illustrates creativity, clarity, and consistent theme throughout; and exemplifies best practices in the use of graphics, layout, and organization. Media forms may include books and catalogues, brochures, flyers, newsletter (print or digital), guides, podcasts, audio tours, all forms of social media, blogs, interactive kiosks, multimedia installations (photography, video, sound, etc.), website, and any other form.
The distinguished museum professional award recognizes an individual who has worked for two or more years within the museum profession and who exemplifies professionalism, teamwork, creativity and vision. This individual collaborates with museum staff, but volunteers, visitors, other agencies and museums, the community, and with those who might pursue a museum career. This individual has made strides within the past year in interpretation, exhibit design, collections and archival management, administration, accounting, marketing, and/or others areas of museum operations.
In recognition of significant and ongoing contributions to the preservation of Arkansas heritage through a lifelong involvement in, and commitment to, the museum community and other organizations. A list of Peg Newton Smith Awardees can be found here.
The awards committee assesses all submissions and winners are selected by majority vote. If the committee is unable to identify a suitable achievement, no award is given. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.