Levine Museum of the New South garners national award

Forgive me while I brag for a moment: Some big news out of Los Angeles today. A contingent of staffers from our very own Levine Museum of the New South is on the West Coast this week for the annual conference for the American Association of Museums, where it was announced that the museum has been awarded an Excellence in Exhibition Award for its current exhibit Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor. The exhibit was recognized for Special Achievement in Community Engagement. These are sort of like the Oscars for museum exhibits, and Levine Museum was competing against all types and sizes of institutions from across the country (disclosure: my wife works for the museum. Hence, the bragging.).

A judge had this to say, according to a press release from the museum: "Changing Places is exemplary in many respects from design to scholarship to evaluation, but we particularly wanted to highlight the way the Levine engaged the entire Charlotte community in every aspect of the exhibit. We believe the Levine has set a new standard in this respect, an inspiring model for other museums to aim for.”

The association was so impressed with the exhibition that it invited museum staffers to participate in a panel discussion on community engagement and museums and devoted an entire breakout session to the exhibit. Pretty cool, huh? And yes, I realize that the first sentence of this post is really, really long.