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The Junior League Named “Great Friend to Kids” for Role in Starting Children’s Museums Worldwide

Honor awarded during the Association of Children’s Museums’ annual InterActivity Conference

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 10, 2017)--The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has selected The Junior League as the recipient of the 2017 ACM Great Friend to Kids Award. The award will be accepted by Susan Danish, executive director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., on May 5th during ACM’s InterActivity 2017 conference in Pasadena, Ca.

“The Junior League has played a critical role in starting and supporting children’s museums around the world for nearly a century,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. “By honoring this organization with the ACM Great Friend to Kids Award, we honor the countless women in The Junior League who have worked to make their communities better places for children.”

Hosted by Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena from May 2-5, InterActivity 2017’s theme is Fun is Serious Business. The annual conference convenes hundreds of children’s museum leaders, staff, and stakeholders to share knowledge and advocate for the children’s museum field. The conference this year is also focused on the bottom line—budget, mission, and revenue streams.

The ACM Great Friends to Kids Award is presented every year at InterActivity and honors those who have made significant contributions to strengthen education and advance the interests of children. As a pioneer in the development of children's museums—including Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Junior League helped inspire a cultural movement that has changed children's lives around the world.

“We are humbled to be recognized by ACM and its member museums, so many of which were founded and are run by women. As an organization of female civic leaders, we are so very proud of the impact that we have had, together, in improving the lives of children,” said Susan Danish.

Founded in 1901, The Junior League is an association of charitable nonprofit organizations led by women, making a demonstrable impact on communities around the world. Today's League members work at the forefront of social reform, tackling the toughest and most critical issues of the day to enhance the social, cultural, and political fabric of civil society.

To cover ACM’s InterActivity conference, contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609.

More about ACM

ACM’s InterActivity conference brings the industry together in support of ACM’s goal to ensure that every family and child has access to a high-quality children’s museum experience. Started in 1962, ACM is a professional member organization for the children’s museum field, which annually serves 31 million visitors. ACM member museums and professionals are dedicated to early childhood play, the starting point in the continuum of lifelong learning. Children’s museums are a major force in preparing children for school and building 21st century skills.

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