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Source: Barona Cultural Center & Museum

March 17, 2019 (Lakeside) -- Two San Diego cultural institutions have been honored nationally by one of the country’s premiere federal arts organizations.  The Barona Cultural Center & Museum in Lakeside and the New Children’s Museum have been selected as two of 30 finalists for the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service Award presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in Washington, DC.

IMLS will announce the top 10 National Medal winners later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal award ceremony on June 12, 2019 in our nation’s capital. 

The Barona Cultural Center & Museumis the first Native American Museum in California ever selected as a finalist in the history of the awards program. As San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueno culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. 

One of only two children’s museums nationwide selected for the honor, the New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. The organization advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. 

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

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