A Shout Out to Madison Children’s Museum!

October 28th, 2011

Here's a great, big, giant shout out to Madison Children’s Museum from Sprinkman Real Estate* for winning the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service!

The award is a once-in-a-lifetime honor for any museum or library in the country and the first time a Wisconsin museum has been recognized. Early next year representatives from the museum will head to Washington D.C. where the First Lady will present them with the award. Very exciting!

So what did the museum do to win the award? Well, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the award “honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.” It's the highest honor any museum can achieve.

From Ruth Kelly, MCM's Executive Director:
“In a world of shrinking public funding for the arts and education, the service Madison Children’s Museum provides is more critical than ever. Receiving the National Medal was wonderful validation of our work, but also a compelling incentive to do more. In our first year in the new facility, we served 32,000 people through our Access for Everyone program that affords ALL individuals the opportunity to visit the museum regardless of economic, physical, or other barriers. Together we have built a museum that has become more than a building where kids can play. We have created a community asset that enriches lives.”

But it's not easy to maintain this exceptional level of service. Apparently, for every dollar the museum collects through admissions and memberships it needs to raise another dollar through donations. If you'd like to show your support to the Madison gem, donate!


* In an effort to be completely transparent, it should be noted that Shelly is on the Board of the Madison Children's Museum.