The Columbus Museum of Art is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today. The medal is the U.S.’ highest honor for museums and libraries, meant to recognize the institutions’ community service. The downtown museum was tapped for the honor in large part for its increased focus on programming that encourages visitor interaction and engagement. The CMA will receive its medal at a Washington, D.C., celebration on May 8.
“Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. Columbus Museum of Art is paving the way, linking art to education in meaningful ways, and we are proud to name Columbus Museum of Art one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, in a press release. “This year’s National Medal recipients demonstrate the many ways museums and libraries alike build strong communities. These institutions are educating, inspiring and leading lifelong learning while serving as community anchors.”
Check out the complete list of the 2013 recipients here.