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Blue Star Museums

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...
Back in April 2010---I visited York, Pennsylvania. Mayor C. Kim Bracey presented me with the Key to York, and a member of the York Revolution baseball team gave me my own Revolution jersey. Photo by NEA Staff I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any...
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...
About the cover: Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Ciccone by Michael D. Fay, a portrait drawn during their duty in Afghanistan. Ciccone committed suicide in 2003. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia This week on Art Works we're featuring stories...
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...
At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman;...
From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums . Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial Day...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When we visit a museum, there’s a good chance we’ll join up with a docent or pick up an audio guide. If we're at home, we might listen to a museum podcast or watch a video about the latest and greatest exhibits. But for those who are deaf or hard-of-...
Washington, DC Rocco as Pharaoh in the "Discover Egypt" section of the San Diego Museum of Man. I started my recent whirlwind trip at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, where I delivered the Blashfield Address . I think it went very well. I was eager to have a chance to talk...
Washington, DC Military families enjoy artwork at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego’s Balboa Park after the May 24, 2010 announcement of Blue Star Museums. Photo by Sandy Huffaker. After a long hiatus, the Blue Star Museum blog is back for a second summer of museum madness! If you...

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