MSA STORE OF THE MONTH PROGRAM
The Museum Store Association community is comprised of many different types and sizes of museum stores encompassing the broad diversity of our parent institutions. Great stores of all scale exist in a variety of settings and extend the institution’s experience to its visitors and beyond. MSA seeks to recognize the unique qualities and individual characteristics of museum stores with the “MSA STORE OF THE MONTH” designation, culminating with the “MSA STORE OF THE YEAR” recognition at our annual conference and expo, MSA FORWARD in the spring of each year.
All current institution members can apply for MSA STORE OF THE MONTH. MSA STORE OF THE YEAR will be selected from that year’s winners of STORE OF THE MONTH.
MSA STORE OF THE MONTH and MSA STORE OF THE YEAR is a recognition program for our community’s institution stores. This award recognizes an institution’s main store operation only; therefore, an institution’s exhibition or pop-up stores are not eligible on their own.
MSA STORE OF THE MONTH entries can be made via the nomination form. Nominations submitted via the form by the 15th of the month will be considered for that month’s STORE OF THE MONTH; nominations received on the 16th or later will be considered for the following month. For example, nominations received on or before July 15th will be considered for July STORE OF THE MONTH, those received between July 16th and August 15th will be considered for August STORE OF THE MONTH.
MSA STORE OF THE MONTH is awarded monthly and culminates with the MSA STORE OF THE YEAR award at MSA annual conference and expo, MSA FORWARD in the spring of each year.
MSA STORE OF THE MONTH and MSA STORE OF THE YEAR recognize outstanding achievement within our community. This recognition and appreciation is vital to our stores, members, community, and institutions as it confirms that their existence and work is valued by others. When our stores and their work are valued, their support within their institutions and their community rises.
MSA STORE OF THE MONTH is reviewed by the Education Advisory Group (EAG) consisting of key MSA leaders from the board, staff and EAG committee members. To determine the MSA STORE OF THE YEAR recipient, the MSA STORE OF THE MONTH WINNERS will be automatic nominees for the MSA STORE OF THE YEAR, and the award will be presented by the MSA Board at MSA FORWARD.