Art Works Podcast: Stephan Jost
This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families. They're participating in the Blue Star Museums program---a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and of course, the museums themselves.
Although the program is country-wide, as you can imagine, museums located in areas that house military bases tend to be quite active in the Blue Star Museum program. This is certainly true for the Honolulu Museum of Art, which is the subject of this week's podcast. Honolulu is home to multiple bases and depends on the military for 20 percent of its economy. As such, the Honolulu Museum of Art has a long track record of reaching out to the military community, and it has enthusiastically embraced the Blue Star Museums program (check out photos from a Blue Star event hosted by the museum in 2011). When Stephan Jost became director of the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2011, he helped further expand his institution's military support. In this excerpt from the podcast, Jost discusses one of the programs that the museum designed for service members. [1:30]