Annual Awards

Every year, the Michigan Museums Association presents awards to exceptional programs, exhibits, and individuals that made an impact during the year. The 2021 awards will be presented this October at an event to be determined by early September.

All nominees must be individual MMA members or included in an institution, business, or university membership. MMA is accepting nominations for the following awards: 

  • Peninsulas Prize (2)
    Peninsulas Prize awards support MMA’s mission and professional development goals and objectives by providing visibility for individuals and organizations that strive for excellence and best practice. One award recognizes an individual who has provided strong leadership to their colleagues, organization, or the museum community. The second award recognizes a museum project or program that addresses issues related to social justice in museums and diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. 
  • Colleague Champion (Multiple)
    Colleague Champion awards recognize individuals nominated by their peers to acknowledge special service, excellence in their work, or some other contribution to the museum community.

Nominations will open in August.

  Previous Honorees

“It is such an honor to be able to recognize some of the good work and dedicated service in Michigan’s museums. Michigan’s museums provide jobs and support communities. They educate children and engage families and groups. They preserve and share priceless works of art and historic artifacts, and promote scientific exploration and a better understanding of our shared Michigan culture. The individuals and institutions honored on an annual basis represent the thousands of people in our state who are passionate about their work in museums.”- Lisa Craig Brisson, Executive Director, MMA

Winners are listed by year awarded. Click the year to see the press release and recipient photos.

The 2020 awards were presented to 57 individuals for good works throughout 2020. Please click on link above to learn more about the recipients. 

Louise Stewart Beck - MMA Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Bradley Taylor - President's Award
Michigan State University Museum - Peninsula's Prize
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus - Outreach Award
Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Outreach Award Honorable Mention

Julie Cook - MMA Volunteer of the Year
President's Award - John Bracey
Daniel Truckey - Peninsulas Prize
Birmingham Museum - Outreach Award

Melanie Parker - MMA Volunteer of the Year
Sandra Sageser Clark - President's Award
Detroit 67 Collaboration - Peninsulas Prize
Detroit Historical Society
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit Institute of Arts

Bettina Cousineau - MMA Volunteer of the Year
Juanita Moore - President's Award
Sloan*Longway - Peninsulas Prize

Sanam Arab - MMA Volunteer of the Year
Marilyn Merdzinski - President's Award
Nancy Bryk - Peninsulas Prize
David Pilgrim - Peninsulas Prize

Fannie Hoeksema - Unsung Hero
President's Award - Gene Jenneman
Peninsulas Prize - Graham Beal
Birmingham Historical Museum and Park - Best New Experience

Tom Howes - Unsung Hero
Steve Arseneau - President's Award
The BEL - Best New Experience
Grand Valley State University Art Gallery - Best New Publication (Budget less than $500,000)
Kalamazoo Valley Museum - Best New Publication (Budget greater than $500,000)
Collections Objects and Hands-on Exhibits/Interactions - Most Thought Provoking Conference Session

Lew Crusoe - MMA Volunteer of the Year
Gregory Witkopp - President's Award 
Muskegon Museum of Art - Peninsulas Prize

Bill Falkenberg - MMA Volunteer of the Year
ray Silverman - President's Award/Peninsulas Prize
Devos Art Museum at NMU and Marquette Regional History Center - Most Awesome Experience

Publication Awards
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
Cranbrook Art Museum
The Henry Ford
Mackinac State Historic Parks

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Thank you to our Partners!

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