The Oklahoma Museums Association has announced the award recipients being honored during its annual conference this September in Durant, Oklahoma. The awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state.
OMA awards recognize achievements from the past 18 months in the categories of conservation, exhibits, promotional pieces, publications, outreach or education programs and technology media. The competition is further divided into project budget categories.
The Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center earned an honorable mention in the Exhibits Budget Category $15,001 and over for its exhibit “From Ancient Hands: Stories in Fire and Clay”.
The STEAM-based exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to explore the project through interactive activities. Visitors can learn how to make a guilloche pattern. They can take or leave their creation in the exhibit space. Using a an easy-view Wenztscope, visitors can look at Fort Ancient sherds and compare them to pottery from around the world. Since pots were often used for cooking, visitors can take a traditional food recipe and leave a recipe that uses traditional ingredients such corn.
Other exhibit resources include a children’s activity book, all-age tours offered by members of the Kids Committee, a website version of the exhibit, and two publicly available education boxes. In the Science of Pottery box, participants can play the Neosho Mucket board game to learn about the life cycle and endangered state of freshwater mussels. A travelling banner exhibit is in the process of being produced and will be available in the Fall of 2019 to travel to schools, community centers, or other venues.
“We are off to a great start,” exclaims Ben Barnes, Second Chief of the Tribe. “This recognition validates how we feel about our cultural center and how it is valuable to Shawnee people no matter where they live.”