Biodiversity Snapshots Wins Leadership in Public Programs Award

Biodiversity Snapshots Wins Leadership in Public Programs Award

On Tuesday 14 December, representatives from Victoria’s arts agencies joined Arts Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Heidi Victoria, for the 2010 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards.

Winner: Leadership in Public Programs

Museum Victoria – Biodiversity Snapshots

A world-first project for schools, Biodiversity Snapshots combines education, science, mobile technologies, environmental awareness and real life experience.

Bringing the tradition of “Citizen Science” into the digital age, the project encourages and supports field research by students in their local environment.

Armed with web-enabled mobile devices, students can access Museum field guides and resources to help them identify the animals they see, and then record, share and analyse their observations back in the classroom.

The Awards

Established in 1998, the Leadership Awards celebrate the achievements of Victoria’s arts agencies, recognising leadership in seven areas including public programs, community engagement, collaborative practices, disability access and marketing.

In recognition of the changing nature of arts and cultural engagement, a new Leadership in Technology Award was introduced in 2010. The inaugural award went to Museum Victoria for the innovative use of technology in Melbourne Museum’s redeveloped Science and Life Gallery.