(With permission: Ann Blake & Beyond Classrooms Kingston) Ann Blake’s distinguished career spans nearly three decades in the areas of programming and museum education. In 2014, Ann was instrumental in establishing the charity Beyond Classrooms Kingston as a way to engage teachers and students by immersing them in cultural heritage sites for a week of learning. Her mentorship and support inspired countless colleagues, volunteers, educators, and students within our community over the years. Ann especially shone when working with students in museums who gravitated to her assurance that we all had stories to uncover and tell and every question had value. Ann’s belief that it takes a community to make a museum successful propelled her, throughout her career, to pioneer many partnerships between museums and the community. Her work continues to have a lasting impact.
A nominee for this award category exemplifies the following:
- Contributes exemplary professional practice and/or programming within Cultural Heritage provision
- Establishes and shapes professional standards, ethics and opportunities that evolves cultural heritage in productive and impactful ways.
- Generates new cultural heritage provision – either in terms of product or improving accessibility and relevancy to diverse audiences