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PEF wins CAMMY award

The Pasadena Educational Foundation has been selected by the California Association of Museums to receive a 2012 CAMMY Award for its program My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community. The annual CAMMY Awards recognize extraordinary museum supporters, professionals, and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to California museums.

 Photo (left to right): CAM Past President Phil Kohlmetz, Executive Director of the Western Railway Musuem, Jennifer Olson, Program Director, My Masterpieces; and Ed Prohaska, CAM President and Chief Financial Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Photo credit: Joan Palmer)

My Masterpieces was lauded for its role in serving as a bridge between the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and its museum partners. The program, which was jointly developed by PUSD and ten local museums and cultural partners, includes classroom lessons linked to a field trip, along with professional development for teachers and parent engagement opportunities. Each museum adopted a grade level, so that as students matriculate, they engage with a number of arts institutions in their community. Now at 14 PUSD elementary schools and six middle schools, My Masterpieces serves over 7,500 students. In the 2012-13 school year, every elementary student in the district will participate in the program.

Cultural partners include Armory Center for the Arts, City of Pasadena, Gamble House, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, and Side Street Projects.

"CAM is a trusted resource for people who work in the museum field. To have the association award our program with a CAMMY is an honor, because it means they recognize the program's potential as a model for other museums," says My Masterpieces Program Director Jennifer Olson. "We would be thrilled for My Masterpieces to serve as a blueprint for museums and school districts looking to build partnerships."

"My Masterpieces was designed collaboratively with our teachers and the cultural organizations, which in turn brings about a high level of student engagement,” says PUSD Arts Education Coordinator Marshall Ayers. “Our students get the best of both worlds through quality classroom instruction and real life experiences in world class institutions right here in their own backyard."

The award will be presented by CAM's President of the Board of Directors Phil Kohlmetz at the 2012 CAMMY Awards luncheon on Feb. 16, in conjunction with the 2012 CAM conference titled, Museums Making It Happen.