To acknowledge excellence and commitment to King County history, we bestow the AKCHO Awards each year in the spring at our annual Awards Program. The Awards are given for projects that have been completed by December 31 of the previous year. The AKCHO Awards Program is a perfect way to acknowledge those special people, programs, or projects that have made our county’s history shine.
AKCHO would like to acknowledge 4Culture for its generous support and helping to make the AKCHO Awards possible.
2022 AKCHO Awards
AKCHO Awards Celebration will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30 pm. The 2023 award recipients will be honored with a keynote presentation by John H. Falk, “The Value of Museums.” Register online now to attend!
Photos by Jordon Pipkin
The Value of Museums
John H. Falk
The talk will focus on how museum professionals can better understand and explain the benefits created by museum experiences. Knowingly or not, the business of museums has always been to support and enhance the public’s personal, intellectual, social and physical well-being. Over the years, museums have excelled at this task, as evidenced by the almost indelible memories museum experiences engender. People report that museum experiences make them feel better about themselves, more informed, happier, healthier and more enriched; all outcomes directly related to enhanced well-being. Historically, benefits such as enhanced well-being were seen as vague and intangible, but Falk will describe how enhanced well-being, when properly conceptualized, can be defined and measured. The talk will conclude with suggestions for how these insights about well-being might be used as a strategy for helping museum create better, more satisfying experiences for visitors.