Press Release The Warhol Shortlisted for International Award for Its Lockdown Activities
For immediate release
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
It was announced today that The Andy Warhol Museum has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.
For the past 15 years, London-based charity Kids in Museums has run a prestigious award recognizing the most family-friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, the charity asked families and museums to vote for what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown. For the first time, this included an international category.
A panel of museum experts reviewed over 400 nominations and narrowed it down to a shortlist of 26 museums. Six museums from around the world are shortlisted for the Best International Digital Activity category, including The Warhol, who was recognized for its Making It video series, in which children and families can learn how to make many iconic Warhol-inspired artworks from home by watching educators demonstrate various processes. The series is featured on The Warhol’s YouTube page at youtube.com/thewarholmuseum and Facebook page at facebook.com/thewarholmuseum. Other museums shortlisted in the category include the Glazer Children’s Museum (USA), The Glucksman (Ireland), The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project (Ireland), National Gallery Singapore (Singapore), and the Rijksmuseum (Netherlands).
“This video series was our rapid response to The Warhol’s closure due to COVID-19. It was our way of maintaining Warhol’s relevancy while sustaining engagement with our audiences,” said Nicole Dezelon, assistant director of learning. “By adapting Warhol’s artistic processes and techniques using common, household materials, we were able to reach students, families, and makers of all ages virtually from the comfort of home. We are honored to be shortlisted by Kids in Museums for the Best International Digital Activity Family Friendly Museum From Home award.”
Over the summer, family judges will try out all the activities and their feedback will decide a winner and highly commended award for each category. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2020.
Follow the Family Friendly Museum Award From Home on Twitter by following @KidsInMuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.
The Family Friendly Museum Award From Home has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England.
About Kids in Museums
Kids in Museums are a charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all children, young people and families. They support and champion family friendly organizations through wide-ranging initiatives, including the Family Friendly Museum Award and Takeover Day. They invite heritage organizations to sign up to their Manifesto, which sets out simple guidelines for making museums easy to reach for all ages.
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
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A still from The Warhol’s Making It: Andy Warhol's Rorschach Painting Technique video.