Discovery Science Center is among 33 finalists being considered for the prestigious National Medal
The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, has been named one of thirty- three finalists being considered for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. The National Medal is the highest honor awarded to museums and libraries for service to the community and institutions that make a difference.
Medal finalists were chosen from a nationwide selection of organizations that exhibit pioneering methods in public service, exceeding the expected standards for community service. The nomination for the Discovery Science Center was based off of the institute’s excellence in community outreach, traveling exhibits, guest services, and partnerships with environmental awareness agencies. “We are honored to be named a finalist for this medal,” said Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center. “It is our hope that the work we do inspires and serves as a powerful demonstration of the impact engaging science education can have on a community and especially the next generation.”
The other three finalists from California are the Santa Ana Public Library, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, and California Digital Library, University of California in Oakland. The Discovery Science Center was the only museum to be nominated in the state.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is asking each finalists’ community to share stories of how their museum or library has impacted their lives on the IMLS Facebook page. www.facebook.com/USIMLS.
Ten winners will be selected in late April and will be awarded $5,000 in cash, as well as a visit from StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of Americans in the communities served by National Medal recipients.
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