The Institute of Museum and Library Services has named the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) as one of six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

This is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 28 years, the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

“IMLS is pleased to recognize the outstanding performance and meritorious community and professional service of our six National Medal recipients,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We look forward to celebrating them and calling attention to their great work not only in their widespread locales but across the land!”

For more than 50 years, OMCA has inspired Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities through its people-centered approach to exhibitions, public programs, and educational offerings. National recognition from IMLS signifies the important role OMCA has played not only in its local community, but as a leader in the museum field and a model for community engagement and social impact.