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UMA Awards: Call For Nominations!

Monday, May 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paul Stavast
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UMA Awards: Call For Nominations

By: Paul Stavast

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Atlanta, GA.  Staff from hundreds of museums across the US and a few international museums attended.  Presenters provided perspectives and case studies from large institutions to small museums.  The breadth of projects presented at AAM has always intrigued me. 

As I sat there listening, I reflected on the work happening inUtah’s museums.  We are doing great things right here.  Whether the work is done by a single volunteer or a public figure, by a small team or an entire museum, devoted people are the heart of everything we do in museums.  Our colleagues throughout Utah use their commitment, creativity, and intelligence to overcome challenges, strengthen their communities, and make Utah museums better.  These are the attributes we desire to celebrate through UMA’s annual awards. 

Please, take a few minutes to nominate those colleagues who inspire you, who lift you, and who through their influence make Utah a better place for everyone. 

Nominations for UMA awards will be accepted from May 1st to July 15th.

The nomination form, a complete description of each award, and award criteria can be found on our awards webpage .  As a brief reminder UMA’s awards are:

BESSIE JONES VOLUNTEER AWARD

This award is given to a volunteer or volunteers who have actively supported the mission or program of a UMA Member Museum.

PHIL NOTARIANNI DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

This award is given to an individual who has shown exceptional dedication, provided lengthy service, or an intense and tangible commitment to Utah's museum community.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

This award is given to an individual who has served or is serving in a governmental capacity that in the scope of their duties has rendered vital assistance or support to Utah's museum community.

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

This award is given to an individual, team, or organization that has shown superior achievement in any aspect of the museum field during the previous 18 months within Utah's museum community.

RISING PROFESSIONAL AWARD

This award is given to rising, current museum professionals (students or museum employees) whose work to date demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the field and their commitment to Utah's museum community.

Paul Stavast is Director of BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, teaches courses in Museum Practices at BYU and currently serves on the Utah Museums Association Board.


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