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Cynthia Robinson has received the 2017 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums. The award recognizes individuals outside the field of museum education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the educational responsibility and capacity of museums. Award judges noted Cynthia's commitment to helping museum educators write and publish in the peer-reviewed Journal of Museum Education, and to inspiring students to be activists who open museums to all audiences. One judge said that, "She has been a strong advocate for the educational responsibility and capacity of museums." Cynthia will receive the award at the AAM conference in May, and will participate in a panel discussion about leadership. The John Cotton Dana Award is conferred on an occasional basis, and was last awarded in 2015.

George Schwartz, instructor of The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture, is giving a members talk at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday October 15. More >

Ken Turino, co-instructor of the Exhibition Planning and Revitalizing Historic House Museums courses, is chairing a session at the American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting in Detroit on Friday September 16th entitled: AAM's Direct Care White Paper: What it Means to Your Museum. The recent AAM Direct Care White Paper addresses the history and conundrums of "direct care" as a use of proceeds from deaccessioning. This session will provide a summary of the paper, cover the ethical concepts behind "direct care" and offers guiding questions and models to help define parameters of direct care. If you can't make it to Detroit, Ken is repeating the session at the NEMA Conference this November.

Ken will also be picking up an award from the American Association for State and Local History's (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards Committee selected The Haymarket Project as a 2016 Award of Merit winner. The Leadership in History Awards, now in its seventy-first year, is the nation's most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history. The Haymarket Project includes a book; a traveling exhibition, Haymarket, the Soul of the City; a series of oral histories; and a documentary film that reflect the stories of longtime vendors and more recent immigrants who have created a diverse cross-section of cultures at the market. Ken Turino, project manager, co-author of the book, and curator of the exhibitions' says, "this project is a real testament to all the workers past and present of Haymarket and the people of Boston whom they have served."