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Blue Star Museums

Times Square isn’t picky about the billboards it displays. A capitalist’s dreamscape, there are advertisements for Broadway shows, movies, beverages, underwear, cars—if you can buy it, they’ll promote it. But in a few days, one of the world’s most visited tourist...
Norman Bel Geddes perhaps isn’t the best embodiment of the NEA’s notion of creative placemaking. Rather than communities centered on art, the designer envisioned a world centered on the automobile, filled with expressways, multi-tiered bridges, and parking lots as far as the eye could...
Though the term “cool” became popularized in the U.S. in the middle of the last century, if the Internet is to be believed a form of the word has actually existed as an adjective since the days of Beowulf. Whether you believe its origins are in the 20th century or around the eighth,...
The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows have just been announced , and they are an impressive bunch who practice a vast range of traditional art forms. While you’ll get to see many of these art forms in person at our concert on Friday, September 19, 2014, why not give yourself a primer with a...
There’s no shortage of research indicating the benefits of museum visits for children. They can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for quality time with family. Curious to hear more...
On September 14, 1814, by the dawn's early light, Francis Scott Key watched as the American flag was raised over Fort McHenry, a signal that American troops had defeated the British during the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore —a major upset. Key set his patriotic sentiments down on...
It's that time of year again (summer!) where we replace our Big Read-focused posts with Blue Star Museum Fridays. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across the country, which offers free museum admission...
"Does everybody that we work with go on to be a big name? No. But if we did, we wouldn't be taking enough risks, as far as I'm concerned.” – Sylvia Wolf The Henry Art Galler y, located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, comes by its innovation bonafides...
Helen Blake, daughter of a Marine Corps aviator, marvels at a crystal during a 2011 visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, a participating Blue Star Museum. Photo by Molly Blake "I think we truly are creating an enormous generation of museum-goers from...
In this week's podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American art wing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As the first dedicated art museum in...

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