CIMAM Acknowledges the Queens Museum with 2021 Outstanding Museum Practices Award


On the occasion of the 53rd edition of the CIMAM Annual Conference, the International Committee of Museums of Modern Art has announced the Queens Museum as the recipient of the Outstanding Museum Practice Award, which in this first edition recognizes the work of museums in response to the consequences of the global pandemic.

Like thousands of cultural institutions around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic shut the Queens Museum doors in March 2020. Despite this temporary and significant impact on our activities, we have been committed to pivoting quickly and meaningfully to address the urgent needs of our constituents.

From partnering with La Jornada to host an on-site Cultural Food Pantry for Corona, Queens residents, to providing families with plants, seeds, and materials to grow edible gardens through Kind-er Garden at Home, to honoring the responsiveness and resourcefulness of local organizers through our Queens Spotlight interview series, this moment of prolonged unpredictability has reinforced the importance of moving in community.

During the Year of Uncertainty (YoU), which launched in January 2021, we’ve been working alongside an incredible cohort of Artists-In-Residence, Community Partners, Co-Thinkers, and Program Partners to reimagine how the Museum can co-create with communities both between and beyond our walls. Our hope is that this collaborative process will allow us to deepen our commitments to culture, accessibility, and equity.

A big thank you to the CIMAM board for recognizing the work that our team and partners have done throughout this challenging time. We are thrilled to feel seen and supported by our colleagues across the globe.







Photo: Neil Constantine