In a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Boston Children’s Museum. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Carole Charnow, President & CEO of Boston Children’s Museum, and Dorchester resident Tayquan Pomare-Taylor accepted the National Medal.
Two years ago, Boston Children’s Museum selected then-14-year-old Tayquan as a BNY Mellon YouthLeader. The program encouraged him to connect and engage with children and adults alike at the Museum and in Boston neighborhoods. This responsibility positively impacted his sense of self, and both individual and institution have greatly benefitted. Tayquan raised his GPA from 0.7 to 2.5 over the past several months because he better understands that hard work yields rewards.
Now 16, Tayquan reflects, “It felt like the Museum was made for me. And the way kids react to me at the Museum – asking for me by name, learning from me – shows me that I have something to give.”
“Boston Children’s Museum is truly a gem with a dedicated staff who have created a world of exploration, fantasy and creativity for children of all ages. I congratulate them on this national recognition,” said U.S. Representative Mike Capuano.
Medal winners are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Later this year, StoryCorps – a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans – will visit Boston Children’s Museum to document stories from the community.
To learn more about the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners, please visit imls.gov/medals.