BCMA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations each year for their service and excellence within the sector. To view the full award categories and descriptions, please click here.
If you are interested in nominating an individual, project or organization for an award, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions topics below.
Nominations for the BCMA Awards of Excellence 2020 are open until May 31, 2020.
Download the sample nomination form and prepare your answers before submitting the online form below: 2020 Sample Awards Nomination Form
Please consider nominating a project, exhibition, or organization -even your organization- for the following awards:
Award of Merit – Excellence in Community Engagement
Award of Merit – Excellence in Exhibitions
Award of Merit – Excellence in Collections
Innovations in Sustainability Award (Sponsored by NGX Interactive)Online Form
Please consider nominating an individual for the following awards:
Distinguished Service Award
Museum Service and Stewardship Award
The BCMA Awards recognize projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, art galleries, cultural centres and other cultural heritage institutions across BC. The person(s), project or organization being nominated may be by volunteers or paid staff at an institution. Nominees need not be members of the BCMA.
Download the sample nomination form and prepare your answers before submitting the online form below 2020 Awards Sample Nomination Form
Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and Museum Service & Stewardship Award should include the following:
Awards of Merit and Innovation Award nominations should include the following:
Formal letters of recommendation are encouraged for all nominations, but not required. You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents as text or as PDF.
Anyone can nominate an award! You need not be a member of the BCMA.
Awards Committee members may also put forward nominations, in an effort to ensure that no deserving recipient is overlooked.
To make effective and consistent evaluations, the following general criteria will apply in evaluating Nominees:
Contribution: Nominees must have played a significant role in the collection, preservation or presentation of British Columbia’s art, history, culture, or cultural heritage.
Resources: The qualifications or worthiness of a Nominee will NOT be determined in any way by factors such as the size of a facility, institution, or agency; the number of employees or volunteers; budget; or the cost of a project or program. Evaluation will be based upon the relative accomplishment that may normally be expected of the resources available to the Nominee being considered.
Quality of Achievement: Recognizing the Awards Program objective of encouraging excellence in the museums, art galleries and cultural heritage fields, consideration will be given not only to what the Nominee has accomplished individually, but also to the excellence of the work relative to similar culture and heritage resource accomplishments and programs across our sector.
Accomplishment: Nominees will be evaluated on an actual achievement, not on an untried idea or concept. Awards may not always be given on an annual basis. If there are no nominees whose achievements meet the established criteria, an award may not be given in that particular year.
Tammy Bradford, Manager, Creston & District Museum and Archives
Alyssa Leier, Curator, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre
David Jensen, President, D. Jensen & Associates Ltd.
Yukiko Stranger-Galey, Exhibits & Design Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum
kevin david meisner, Education Experience Designer, Britannia Mine Museum
Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive
Luc Desmarais, Administrator, UBC Residental School History & Dialogue Centre
Jolene Sampare, Museum Coordinator, Nisga’a Museum
Cuyler Page, Exhibit Designer & Museum Consultant
All nominees will be celebrated, and award winners will be announced and presented with their awards, at the BCMA Awards Gala event at BCMA’s annual conference.
PLEASE NOTE: Winners and nominees will be contacted in confidence, by BCMA and then publicly announced and celebrated at the annual BCMA Awards Gala during the BCMA annual conference.