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Adkins Arboretum Wins American Association of Museums Publication Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - NOVEMBER 30, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum is pleased to announce that two of its publications have been named recipients of awards in the prestigious American Association of Museums (AAM) 2010 Publications Design Competition. The Arboretum’s 2008 Annual Report received first prize in the annual report category, and its newsletter, Native Seed, received Honorable Mention in the newsletter category. Both publications were designed by Joanne Shipley Graphic Design, Ridgely.

For more than 25 years, AAM has recognized and encouraged excellence in the graphic design of museum publications through the Museum Publications Design Competition, the only national, juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission or special features. Nearly 700 entries produced during the 2009 calendar year were submitted to the competition.

The American Association of Museums’ mission is to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service. Since 1906, AAM has been dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. Every type of museum is represented, including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.