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54 Ohio Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families This Summer

This summer, 54 Ohio museums will open their doors to members of the military and their families as part of the 10th annual Blue Star Museums program, an initiative that offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families, from Armed Forces Day on May 18 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.

Blue Star Museums is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense. More than 2,000 museums nationwide participate in the program each year. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019. 

 Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins said she is pleased to see the number of Blue Star Museums in Ohio increase each year. 

“We have so much appreciation for military members and their families, and it is inspiring to see museums all around the state sign up to participate in the national Blue Star Museums initiative,” Collins said. “Ohio is fortunate to have so many premier arts and cultural organizations that are generously offering these special guests the opportunity to share experiences and create memories together through this remarkable program.” 

A list of participating Ohio museums (as of May 17) is available here

“As we launch the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, it remains a privilege for the National Endowment for the Arts to serve members of the military and their families through this program,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in a media release. 

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard—as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card, DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. 

Museums interested in participating in the Blue Star Museums program this year can sign up throughout the summer at rebrand.ly/blue-star-2019

“We've seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we're thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.” 

A full list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL 
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more. 

Blue Star Museums is one of the National Endowment for the Arts’ programs that support military personnel and their families. Others include Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network and grants awarded to nonprofit organizations to support projects that reach military and veterans. 

ABOUT BLUE STAR FAMILIES 
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist



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