Brandywine River Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums
Brandywine River Museum is one of more than 1,300 museums across America
to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
Chadds Ford, PA May 23, 2011--The Brandywine River Museum will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011 as part of the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Museums.
"We thank all military personnel for their service to the country, and are honored to share our outstanding art collection with them and their families," said James H. Duff, director of the Brandywine River Museum. This summer, visitors will enjoy the exhibition Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth, on view from June 11 through September 11. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.
"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."
"Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation's museum and military communities are a natural," said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. "We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. 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. We appreciate the NEA and the nation's museums who chose to partner with us. We also are grateful to our friends at the MetLife Foundation, the lead supporter of the Blue Star Museums outreach initiative, whose generous donation helps make our work possible."
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. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children's Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. This year's Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children's museums.
About the Brandywine River Museum
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. 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. 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. To find out which museums are participating, visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=r9azq5bab&et=1105613842868&s=82&e=001Bcoqve4yfvXeNlE2HkIXPxyNo_Nv_1HRgmWNVrqUpEOKXorwbFYOk6fJlKbIl_NqkaISXv28LeS4G6k2DW3ZHz9CanmO3t4QYj7vbujXJSsPTQp7sfmOKZSrxYyD4H4r. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact email@example.com, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.
About Blue Star Families
About the National Endowment for the Arts
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. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.