CMA Receives the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Representatives of the CMA were thrilled to visit the White House on June 1, 2016, to receive the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to executive director Karen Brosius and community member Joyce-Rose Harris.
This prestigious award is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. Only 15 museums and 15 libraries across the nation reach the finalist stage for this award. As it happens, our friends at Richland Library were also among this year's finalists. We could not be more proud of our community.
Here at the CMA, we embrace our role as a modern museum in fostering meaningful conversations within the community we serve and connecting with each other through our shared humanity. We believe that together, as one Columbia, we amplify and advocate best by collaborating with community partners (including Richland Library) to improve the quality of life for all in our region.
The National Medal celebrates institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Our recognition as a national award winner is a testament to the community's belief in the value of our work and the generosity and spirit of the Midlands.
We are grateful to all of our partners for always helping us to find new ways to serve Columbia and be a responsive organization. We are immensely thankful for the steadfast support of the City of Columbia, Richland County, and each of our donors, volunteers, and visitors, whose involvement and support make all of our work possible.
Read more about this exciting news in The State Newspaper.