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WASHINGTON (February 14, 2013) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Amon Carter Museum of American Art of Fort Worth as a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium and marine science center, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Bell Whittington Public Library as finalists for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the two finalist institutions to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.
“What a prestigious honor to be named a National Medal finalist by IMLS for our service to the community,” says Andrew J. Walker, director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. “We take great pride in our commitment to serving the educational needs of our community and creating programs in response to their interests. We strive to make a positive impact in the lives of our visitors, and to be an institution of lifelong learning, where people of all ages have free access to American art. To be recognized for this is truly rewarding.”
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.