2018 Kennedy Center LEAD® Awards

IMG_7395We are pleased to announce the 2018 Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Award winners! The 2018 awardees will be honored during the LEAD® Conference on August 11 in Atlanta, GA.

The LEAD® Awards recognize outstanding individuals and institutions whose leadership and work furthers the field of accessibility in the cultural arts. LEAD®’s specific goal in granting these awards is to increase awareness and focus on the importance of accessibility in artistic venues and cultural institutions.

Award for Emerging Leaders

The LEAD® Award for Emerging Leaders was created in 2008 to acknowledge arts administrators who are motivated by the LEAD® conference to become an advocate for accessibility within their own organizations and communities. These individuals have successfully applied what they learn at the conference to open doors to and shape opportunities that are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults in the cultural arts.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 LEAD® Awards for Emerging Leaders:

Megan Becker
Access Programs Specialist,
University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Heather White
Consultant, Oklahoma City

Abigail Diaz
Director of Education,
Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Community Asset Awards

The LEAD® Community Asset Award recognizes the achievements of cultural arts administrators or organizations that continually demonstrate success with access initiatives, improving accessibility in their organization, city, state or region.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 LEAD® Community Asset Award:

Discovery Museum
Acton, Massachusetts

Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, Illinois

Museum Access Consortium
New York, New York



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