Lowell Observatory and Museum of Northern Arizona Earn Excellence Awards

Lowell Observatory
Museum of Northern Arizona


Flagstaff, Az- The Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) recently recognized Lowell Observatory and the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) as recipients of the 2015 Professional Recognition Award for Institutional Excellence. The awards were presented at MAA’s May 15 annual conference in Chandler, where MNA President Dr. Robert Breunig also received MAA’s 2015 Roger Lidman Distinguished Service Award.

The Professional Recognition Award for Institutional Excellence is given to a museum that has exhibited leadership qualities by achieving excellence in its work, including in the areas of collection, preservation, research, interpretation and education, within the context of available means, the institution’s mission and professional standards. This year, Lowell and MNA joined the Deer Valley Rock Art Center as recipients of the award.

Nate Meyers, 2015 MAA president, said, “This institutional award recognizes museums regardless of size. We can all do great work whether we have the smallest budget or are the largest museum in the state. This is a way to honor innovative approaches or new ways of doing things or, in the case of MNA, continued excellence over the years.

Lowell Observatory was recognized, according to Meyers, for “its great work to preserve the history and heritage of all the great discoveries that have gone on over the years. The interpretive center and new collection center have been vital to this effort.”

Lowell Director Jeffrey Hall said, “We are grateful for this recognition and pleased to join our MNA colleagues in receiving this award.”

Breunig received the Roger Lidman Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a museum professional who has made a significant impact on the museum community over the course of his or her career. Breunig was a co-recipient with Jim Ballinger, former director of the Phoenix Art Museum.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized in this way by the Museum Association of Arizona,” said Breunig. “I have had a most rewarding career serving museums in Arizona, most recently the Museum of Northern Arizona.”

The Museum Association of Arizona was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment and support of Arizona’s museum community. Its purpose is to foster communication and cooperation between Arizona museums and related organizations, provide educational opportunities for museum workers through meetings and publications, and advocate and publicize these objectives statewide.

Josh Bangle
Communication Manager
Lowell Observatory
(928) 607-1974

Cristen Crujido (Museum of Northern Arizona)
Marketing Manager
928.774.5211, ext. 273

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