Brooklyn Museum Earns National Award for Community Outreach

10/26/2011 4:29 PM |

The Brooklyn Museum, medal-winner.

  • The Brooklyn Museum, medal-winner.

In a release this morning the Brooklyn Museum announced that it is one of only ten institutions in the country to receive a Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for its service to the Brooklyn community. The institution is the only New York City recipient among this year’s winners of the medal (full list after the jump), which recognizes innovation in public service and community outreach.

Among other things, the IMLS is the primary source of federal funding given to museums and libraries. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by IMLS with its National Medal,” said Brooklyn Museum director Arnold L. Lehman in a statement. “To be acknowledged by IMLS from among the many thousands of institutions in the United States is an exceptional tribute to the Museum Trustees, staff, volunteers, and supporters. We are grateful to IMLS for this extraordinary honor.”

The full list of recipients, in alphabetical order:
1. Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
2. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
3. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
4. EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia, SC
5. Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
6. Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN
7. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
8. Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, WI
9. San José Public Library, San José, CA
10. Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center, Weippe, ID

(Photo: Justin Van Soest, courtesy Brooklyn Museum)