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Competition for USA, Canada, and International Museum Label Writers and Editors

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)Guam (USA)Puerto Rico (USA)Virgin Islands (USA)Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)  Marshall Islands (USA)  Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

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Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition

American Alliance of Museums - American Alliance of Museum’s Curators Committee (CurCom) and EdCom and NAME and Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, Seattle

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #161382

Grant Description

Competition for USA, Canada, and International museum exhibition label writers and editors for outstanding label writing. The purpose of the program is to display examples of excellent label writing, highlight best practices, and to inspire and teach museum professionals. Applicants compete for their exhibition labels to be featured in the Marketplace of Ideas during the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and in the competition’s online archive. The goal is to serve as a resource for museum professionals striving to write excellent label copy.

Types of museums include: anthropology, arboretum, botanic garden, or nature center, art, children's, culturally specific, historic house or site, history or historical society, natural history, science/technology, zoo or aquarium

Excellent exhibition label copy is clear, concise, and captivating. This combination is not easily achieved, and the writers and editors who craft the best label copy often go unrecognized. The competition seeks to recognize excellence in the composition of label text. Jurors do not consider design or graphic treatments in their evaluation.

Recognized entries will be on display in the Marketplace of Ideas at this year’s AAM Annual Meeting and featured on the CurCom website (www.curcom.org). 

For this year’s competition submissions from digital exhibits will be allowed as long as a link can be provided that showcases the text in the exhibit

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All exhibition label writers and editors are eligible to compete, including freelancers.

Entries are limited to three per exhibition, so please consult with your collaborators before submitting. You may submit multiple exhibitions.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission dates:
- Opening: Friday, October 16, 2020
- Closing: Monday, December 7, 2020

Submitters will be notified of the judges’ decision in early spring.

Exhibition label copy submitted must have been put on display after June 30, 2019 and before December 6, 2020.

Contact Information:

Submissions are accepted only through the online form here:
https://form.jotform.com/202685162399161

Questions can be emailed to Jojo Galvan at labelcmp@UIC.edu

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