Countdown to Blue Star Museums
The Countdown is ON! That's right, one of my favorite programs is kicking off in just days! Blue Star Museums is a national partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across the country. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Our kick off event is May 21 and then the program begins for all active duty and their families on Memorial Day!
Blue Star Museums first launched in the summer of 2010 as a way for museums to offer their appreciation to military families and enable them to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage. Currently, there are more than one million active duty military in the United States, and an estimated 900,000 children whose parents have served in multiple deployments. Blue Star Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa took part in the initiative, including 627 new museums this year. Last summer's 1,882 participating museums are more than triple the 600 museums that launched Blue Star Museums in the summer of 2010.
"Blue Star Museums is a way for the arts community to say 'thank you' to our military families, and forge stronger connections as well," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "We are also grateful to the record-breaking number of museums that opened their doors to military families this summer."
"As we close a phenomenal third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are again thrilled to provide an opportunity for our nation's service members and their families to connect with our national treasures," said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. "Through this distinctive collaboration military families had an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country's finest museums for free. We look forward to a 2013 program that will build on the first three years of success."
National service organizations, including the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children's Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers supported the recruitment effort to increase the number of Blue Star Museums.
Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and children's museums.
We're not the only ones getting excited. The National Museum of Health and Medicine has a cool Civil War Discovery Cart exhibit ready! And since they are a participating Blue Star Museum, it's free!
June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23, 2013
1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Location: National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Take a closer look at Civil War medicine at a hands-on discovery cart featuring artifacts and specimens related to the care of soldiers during the Civil War. For more information, call 301-319-3303 or visit http://www.medicalmuseum.mil