Kentucky museums are participating in a program that provides free admission to their facilities for active duty military personnel and their family members. Known as Blue Star Museums, the organizations are among 1,500 total across the United States participating in the program, a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. Free admission to participating museums is available to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.
“Kentucky museums participating in the Blue Star program should be commended for opening their doors to provide access to their exhibits at no charge to those who serve our country,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. “We are proud to acknowledge the state’s participants and help welcome our service members and their families to explore and enjoy the state’s Blue Star Museums.”
The local participating museums are:
Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.
Kentucky museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact [email protected], or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
See listings of participating venues across the U.S. at the Blue Star Museums website.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.