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Columbus Museum of Art

Left to right: Jeffrey Tucker, Nannette V. Maciejunes, and Mrs. Obama. Click image for a larger view.

Columbus Museum of Art strives to redefine the art museum for the 21st century. It has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor engagement as well as being Central Ohio’s hub for social, creative, and dynamic experiences. Every exhibit includes connectors, unique participatory elements, which invite visitors to engage with art and with each other. More than 18,000 square feet of space is dedicated to imaginative experiences for visitors of all ages, and the museum has built strong program partnerships with 30 Ohio counties as well as Columbus City Schools. Columbus Museum of Art also proudly participates in the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Initiative.

"Columbus Museum of Art is honored to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service," said Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. "We are committed to providing opportunities for people to cultivate and to discover the value of creativity in their own lives. Embracing this idea has enabled to grow as an institution and to better serve our community."

Community Member: Jeffrey Tucker was a self-proclaimed "Master of Disaster" when he joined Columbus Museum of Art’s ArtLab as a high school junior. He was shy and incredibly uncomfortable with technology. But, through ArtLab, Jeffrey’s ideas were validated. For his final project, Jeffrey created a video that explored emotions and his own vulnerability while also interviewing museum visitors and peers about their emotional connections to art. Today, Jeffrey is a Media and Communications major at Columbus State Community College and mentors the next class of ArtLab students. "Columbus Museum of Art taught me to take risks. Their programs molded me into a videographer, and I dream of someday receiving an Oscar for my work," said Jeffrey. 

Praise for Columbus Museum of Art:

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the United States’ highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. I am proud that the Buckeye State can count the Columbus Museum of Art among the handful of art museums to ever have been awarded this honor.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)

The Columbus Museum of Art has always been one of Central Ohio’s jewels. By being awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, it enhances its reputation throughout the national arts community and continues to showcases Columbus’ success.
U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty (Ohio)

I congratulate the Columbus Museum of Art on receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The extraordinary programs and collections at the museum are accessible to all members of the community, and Columbus is incredibly lucky to have an outstanding institution like this in our area.
U.S. Representative Steve Stivers (Ohio)

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