Another Step Towards National Accreditation
by Billy Ocasio, Executive Director, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
On Thursday, March 3, 2016 The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) was honored by the presence of Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
Since opening it’s doors in 2014 as a National Museum, NMPRAC has been preparing for national accreditation. Working on it’s collection, hiring of staff, preparing documentation, archiving, etc.
Last Thursday this step was taken to a much higher level as the museum was honored to have Ms. Laura Lott deliver the Pledge of Excellence to the Board of NMPRAC. The first time a ceremony has been held for this purpose.
This step states in it’s pledge that, “in fulfillment of our educational mission, we will strive to operate according to national standards and best practices to the best of our abilities and in accordance with our resources.
Ms. Laura Lott stated, “The American Alliance of Museums welcomes NMPRAC to our family of over 4,000 museums. I was thrilled to celebrate the Board’s signing of the museum’s Pledge of Excellence Thursday night. With this Pledge, the museum takes an important first step in becoming accredited and nationally recognized as a professional museum operating with the highest standards of excellence in the field.”
“We are excited to reach this important milestone. The Board, staff, volunteers and community members have long envisioned this as the place to immerse yourself in the warmth of Puerto Rican culture and traditions. Today we stand among the best company that museums have to offer, The American Alliance of Museums”, stated Billy Ocasio, CEO of NMPRAC.