The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. And the Honolulu Museum of Art has been named as a finalist for the 2016 National Medal award!

This year’s finalists include individual public libraries, university libraries, science, history, and children’s museums, and many other types of institutions that reflect the diversity of libraries and museums across the country.

This honor recognizes the contributions of our programs such as Neighboorhood School Partnership, Art to Go, the Celebrate Micronesia Festival, Guided School Tours (pictured above), and Soundshop to O‘ahu.

“As beacons of educational opportunities, resources, and civic and cultural inspiration, museums and libraries provide increasingly essential services to our nation,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We applaud the Honolulu Museum of Art as a national leader in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and enriching the public.”

“This is an incredible honor for the museum,” says interim director Allison Wong. “One of our priorities is to be as accessible as possible to our diverse communities, and this nomination means our staff’s hard, innovative work is having an impact. It’s very gratifying.”

IMLS National Medal finalist

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

As part of the National Medal’s celebration of institutions that are committed to community service, IMLS is featuring the Honolulu Museum of Art, along with the other 29 finalists, on social media platforms and invite the public to Share Your Story on the IMLS Facebook page.

Visit the IMLS Facebook page and Share Your Story today! We look forward to reading the ways Honolulu Museum of Art is part of your life.

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