The Museo de Arte de Ponce invited to the Award Ceremony of the National Medal in Washington D.C.

(Ponce, Puerto Rico – August 1, 2022) – The Museo de Arte de Ponce was invited by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Annual National Medal Award Ceremony. The event was held in Washington D.C. and preceded by Crosby Kemper, Director of the IMLS.

The National Medal is the highest honor bestowed annually on museums and libraries located on US soil that, through their programs and services, have made an extraordinary contribution to the communities they serve. The Museo de Arte de Ponce received this important distinction in 2021. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was not held in person, so in 2022 the winning libraries and museums, from both years, came together in a significant event recognition and fellowship held at the historic Anderson House, in the federal capital.

The 2021 National Medal was awarded to the Museo de Arte de Ponce for its extraordinary community work after the earthquake that affected the southwest area of ​​the island in 2020 and the digital programming it developed to meet the needs of the population in the face of the global emergency that caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. After the earthquake, the institution launched the “The Museum goes out to the street” program that provided hundreds of people with art workshops aimed at channeling emotions through painting. These workshops were offered free of charge in shelters, schools under tents, National Guard centers and open spaces where people, whose homes were affected, spent the day and even stayed overnight. The Museum visited the most affected populations in Ponce and municipalities in the area.

Likewise, when the Covid 19 pandemic reached the island and the recommendation for preventive isolation kept the population confined to their homes, the Museum reacted quickly by developing the ConectARTE program, which it carried out through its social networks for more than a year. year. The live, daily programming aimed to create a virtual community in which teachers hired by the Museum offered workshops in three main areas: emotional well-being; teaching art, culture and storytelling. Hundreds of classes were offered in disciplines such as Mindfulness, Yoga, watercolor painting, traditional and digital drawing, Japanese caricature, and Bomba classes, among others. The program achieved more than a million interactions nationally and internationally. Similarly, after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017, the Museum opened its doors to the public to offer tours of the collection, art workshops and a safe and comfortable space for recreation for the community affected by the lack of essential services.

“At the Museo de Arte de Ponce we have distinguished ourselves by prioritizing the needs of our community. We recognize that we are an important center of cultural and artistic interaction in which we promote knowledge, dialogue and discovery. It is our commitment to continue empowering our communities, supporting our artists and, despite the fact that our spaces are physically limited due to the impact of the earthquake at our headquarters in Ponce, to continue fostering alliances with local and United States museums, thus showing the great cultural heritage that Puerto Rico houses,” reported Cheryl Hartup, Director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce.

Photo match: On behalf of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, they received the recognition, from left to right, María Magriñá Catinchi, Communications Manager, Rubí Rodríguez Bustillo, Deputy Director of Operations and Sustainability and Sofia Cánepa Ekdhal, Head of the Programs Department of Education and Empowerment of the Museum Communities. Awarded recognition, Crosby Kemper, Director of the Institute of Museums and Library Services (to the far right of the image).

About El Museo de Arte de Ponce:

The Museo de Arte de Ponce is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 by Luis A. Ferré (1904-2003) and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, since 1987. The institution is recognized worldwide as an important center for European art in America and offers its visitors a rich panorama of Western art, from the late Middle Ages to the dawn of the 20th century. For six decades, the Museum has excelled in areas such as research, conservation, and education, connecting the community and its visitors with art.


María Magriñá Catinchi

Communications Manager