Online Awards Ceremony 2020-2021

Every year, the European Museum Academy organizes various Awards for museums. The winners of three Awards has been presented on Saturday 18 September 2021, 20:00 CEST – the first Art Museum Award 2021, the DASA Award 2020/21, and the Luigi Micheletti Award 2020/21. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Award ceremony has been broadcast online.

The EMA Award ceremony 2020-21 was streamed live on September 18, 2021. You can replay the video below.

Art Museum Award – New Ideas for the 21st Century

The Art Museum Award is a new annual award specifically designed for art museums and galleries throughout Europe and innovative projects by art museums and galleries that provoke change and contribute to a better world. It is dedicated to value groundbreaking projects which deal with art or art interventions in museums or galleries — inspirational projects that think and act outside the box and prove social relevance. The award seeks to enhance core values like dialogue, accessibility, participation, inclusion, openness and awareness.

The Art Museum Award is generously supported by and co-organised with the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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Luigi Micheletti Award

The Micheletti Award is organized in co-operation with the Micheletti Foundation to highlight best practices in museums. The award focusses on innovative museums and exhibitions of 20th century history, science, technology, industry, science centres, eco-museums, and interpretation centres. There is a special interest in new museological ideas and/or practices and on the impact of a museum on the local, regional, national and international scene. The Award is supported by the Fondazione Luigi Micheletti, a research centre on contemporary history, and specialized in collecting and spreading material and immaterial heritage of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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DASA Award

The DASA Award concentrates on the quality of learning opportunities in museums. The basic criteria of this award are educational: the quality of the storyline, the learning opportunities, the creativity of the exhibition design and the programming of educational activities. Specific attention is also given to personal mediation, the interactive participation of the public and an effective mix of education and entertainment. The DASA Award is supported by the DASA Museum in Dortmund.

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Children in Museums Award

children in museum

The Children in Museums Award is a joint venture between Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums and the European Museum Academy. The Award is generously supported by Mercis BV.

The judges are on the lookout for creative and innovative exhibitions and programmes for the age group up to 14 years old.

The judges not only value creativity and innovation, but also consider the ways in which an exhibition or programme can change the course of museum thinking or museum practice, nationally as well as internationally.

How can elements of the winning exhibition or programme be incorporated into the museum field? That is why the judges pay special attention to interpretation and presentation.

EMA Prize

The EMA prize 1s a once-in-a-while prize and decided by the Board of the Academy when a museum, an individual or a cultural institution is of outstanding quality, impact, or approach. It has been established with the aim of recognizing the outstanding results of organizations, researchers and cultural institutions in creating pioneering museums or producing studies and carrying on projects of European relevance which are destined to influence the development of museological discourse at the international level.

Heritage in Motion Award

The Heritage in Motion Award was launched by Europa Nostra and the European Museum

Academy to gather the best multimedia products and achievements. It is an annual competition for the creators of films, games, apps, and websites on themes related to Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage in Motion grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia achievements and products, through varied, creative and innovative means, in order to draw attention to the value of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage in all its facets. Read more »

Museums in Short Award

The Museums in Short awards recognize the value of short films in disseminating museums’ contents in an engaging and direct way. The award is promoted by the European Museum Academy, the Fondazone Brescia Musei and Cinema Nuovo Eden and Musil – Museum of industry and Labour – in collaboration with ICOM Italia. The contest 16 open to all the different forms of videos produced by museums. In particular, the Museums in Short Awards will be given to the best short films (max. 10 min.) conceived to promote museums Or their activities and films used in permanent or temporary exhibitions.

Master Study of the Year Award

Tre European Museum Academy Master Study of the Year Award was launched by EMA in 2019. The aim is to promote high quality in research by master students of universities in Europe within relevant courses and subjects for museums.

The Ziva Award: an Award of the Forum of Slavic Culture

The Ziva Award (from the Slavic goddess Ziva representing life, fertility and such) has been established by the Forum of Slavic Culture member countries. The European Museum Academy is involved in the jury. The Award is meant to recognize excellence in the sector of movable and immovable heritage in a special region in Europe, promote the best practices in the tangible cultural heritage and also to stimulate exchanges of knowledge and experience throughout the member countries and beyond.