Andy Warhol Museum shortlisted for Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award

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.

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