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November 7, 2018

Institute Staff Member Recognized for Contributions to Cultural Community

Jan Crocker receives Excellence Award from the New England Museum Association

BOSTON – Today, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate‘s senior exhibit and content developer Jan Crocker was announced as a recipient of the New England Museum Association’s Excellence Award for her contributions to the region’s museum community. Crocker, who joined the Institute in 2017, has spent several decades pursuing and creating innovative exhibitions for a range of cultural institutions big and small.

“It is a remarkable privilege to receive this award at this point in my career,” Crocker said. “I am grateful to have been recommended for this recognition from the New England Museum Association which represents the field I have chosen to work in and value greatly.”

Since joining the Kennedy Institute team, Crocker has opened the Seat at the Table project and the Senate Staff Office exhibit, both of which utilize physical and digital elements to tell the story of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and what it is like to work for a United States Senator, respectively. Crocker’s exhibition expertise has expanded the portfolio of interactive learning experiences that the Institute offers visitors learning about the importance of democracy.

Throughout her career, Crocker has facilitated teams developing major exhibit projects while championing the next generation of creative thinkers.

“Jan is known across the field for her mentorship and her ability to kickstart the creative process,” said Elaine Mondy, the Institute’s program and exhibit content coordinator. “I nominated her because she has dedicated her career to improving the people and projects that she encounters. It’s a privilege to work with and learn from her on a daily basis here at the Kennedy Institute.”

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