Superintendent's Award

Recognizing Excellence in Museum Education

The Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. The competition is the joint project of the sponsors, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the California Department of Education (CDE). Since 2012, the competition has recognized 66 programs, presented by a diverse range of institutions that demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. In 2023, CAM and the CDE recognized 6 outstanding programs that took place in 2022. 

Submissions will be open from April 24 - June 7, 2024 to submit programs that took place in 2023. The education program must have served K-12 students and/or educators between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. Projects that are rooted in community partnerships are especially encouraged to apply.

Award Instructions

Scoring Rubric

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Congratulations to the 2023 recipients:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art  ‒ Mobile Programs
New Museum Los Gatos ‒ ArtNow: NUMU's Annual Juried Santa Clara County High School Art Exhibition
Exploratorium ‒ High School Explainer Program
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History ‒ Watershed to the Sea
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park ‒ Field Trip Program
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ‒ Contemporary Art Start

Past Superintendent’s Award Recipients