Children in Museums Award 2020

Hands On! is looking for exceptional and excellent children’s exhibition programmes for the Children in Museums Award 2020

CMA winners and nominees 2018 together with EMA & Hands On! presidents (left and right)

Eligibility

Applications are welcomed from children’s museums; from education, children’s and youth departments in museums; science centres; and from other cultural institutions with a particular emphasis on children’s programming. Museums may be long-established or recently opened. However, priority is given to programmes which display recent innovation. Candidates can compete as such or apply with a special (temporary) programme or exhibition. The project entered for the Award, however, must be current and open for viewing in the judging year, i.e. between 1 April and 30 June 2020.

 

Criteria

The judges will be looking for what is understood as ‘public quality’. In this specific case, the museum’s commitment to improving children’s experiences, growth, learning, well-being through the museum environment, atmosphere and programming.
Applications will be assessed against these criteria:

1. INNOVATION
E.g. Showing new pathways to enlarge subject matters, new ideas for using collections in children’s programmes/, new ways of using technologies to interact with the content, new forms of actively engaging young visitors, etc.

2. QUALITY OF LEARNING E.g. Creating an overall environment and atmosphere which are conducive to learning, using interactivity to favour understanding, involving children in the conception and design, testing and evaluation of programmes and exhibitions, etc.

3. INCLUSION AND SOCIAL IMPACT
E.g. Showing evidence of programmes or initiatives that have a social impact and focus on inclusion and diversity, outreach activities, etc.

4. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
E.g. Having an informative website, learning printed and/or digital materials for schools, teachers, parents, etc.

5. STAFF E.g. Showing good management and well-trained and experienced staff.

 

Entry fee

REGULAR: 295 €
MEMBERS: Hands On! International members will pay 225 €

 

Prize

The winner of our travelling Miffy trophy and a 5000€ cash prize sponsored by Mercis B.V. will be announced in the course of a festive evening event.

 

Deadline

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2020.

 

Download Application Form

 

is supported by

Mercis B.V.