The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory as one of 10 recipients of the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. “Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to name Garfield Park Conservatory one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance was founded by community residents and so this medal is as much for our community as it is for the Conservatory. We are honored to be able to represent our community, and we are proud of the work we are doing together,” said Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance President Eunita Rushing. Eighteen-year-old Tiara Livingston, a former member of the Conservatory’s Green Teens program, will travel to Washington and share the impact Garfield Park Conservatory has had on her life.
The National Medal was presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2012.