The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) is seeking submissions for the 2021 MAS Awards, to be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony online, via Zoom, on September 29, 2021.
There are two awards categories – the Young Professional Award and the Award of Merit. The Award of Merit has two streams, one for institutions and one for individuals. There are two sub-streams in the Award of Merit – Institutional category, one for projects with budgets over $50,000.00 and one for projects with budgets less than $50,000.00.
We prefer to accept submissions online, however, if you require this nomination form as a hard copy or PDF, please call Em Ironstar at 306-550-3463 or 306-780-9451 or email email@example.com.
The deadline for submission is August 15, 2021.
Please note: If you would like to download/view a PDF copy of the awards criteria & application, please click here. We highly recommend keeping a copy of the full awards criteria on hand while you complete your application.
CRITERIA & GUIDELINES:
Young Professional Award
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding individual who has made great strides and contributions to the broad museum community including art galleries, ecomuseums and/or heritage communities. They will have demonstrated passion and integrity. They must have endeavoured to develop and share their experience, knowledge, and skills, by participating in training, such as those offered by MAS.
In addition, nominees must meet the following criteria and eligibility requirements:
● Be a member of MAS or working for/volunteering with a member institute of MAS;
● Be currently attending school or have graduated from relevant education within ten years of the annual meeting and/or
● Be less than 35 years of age, working towards a career in museums, art galleries, and/or heritage
● Have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement, growth, and development of the museum sector including: art galleries, ecomuseums and/or heritage communities
● Have not received the award previously.
Award of Merit
The Award of Merit is conferred on an institution or individual who has raised awareness, promoted and advanced the museum sector in Saskatchewan through recent significant and sustained contributions to their communities in the form of museum projects completed within the past two years.
The successful institution will be recognized for outstanding success in areas such as community engagement, programs involving inclusivity and Indigenization, and originality in exhibitions. The institution will be located in Saskatchewan, and have played a significant role in the collection, preservation and/or presentation of Saskatchewan’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This may involve: special projects; establishing community partnerships and attracting new audiences; supporting schools and organizations through original programming, and developing and presenting innovative exhibitions. There are two streams of awards in this category – one for institutions with operating budgets/projects over $50,000.00 and one for institutions with budgets/projects under $50,000.00.
An institution may nominate itself, or be nominated by persons or groups associated with it. It can also be put forward by another institution(s) or individual. The nominator is not required to be in Saskatchewan.
The chosen individual will be honoured for their creative and innovative work in areas within museum operations. This includes volunteers, staff or professionals living in Saskatchewan who have undertaken specific projects in areas such as collections management; research; creation of programs and exhibitions; and marketing and administration. Activities may include: implementing curatorial best practices; leading community-based research; launching non-traditional programs and exhibitions (such as web-based exhibitions, or travelling programs); and museum publications.