For the second year in a row, Tacoma Art Museum is joining the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active- duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“Tacoma Art Museum is proud to support the men and women serving our country and to give back to them and their families by sharing with them the gift of art,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, Tacoma Art Museum Director. “We seek to connect people through art and to build our community.”
The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active- duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active-duty National Guard and active-duty Reserve members.
“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”
This year, more than 1,324 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums.
“We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.”
In 2010, Tacoma Art Museum welcomed nearly 700 active-duty military members and their families during the Blue Star Museum Program; nearly four times as many from the previous year before the program started.
Local Blue Star Museums include Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DuPont Museum, and Seattle Art Museum. For a full listing of Blue Star Museums both in Washington and around the country, visit www.TacomaArtMuseum.org/BlueStar.