Blue Star Museums

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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...
Washington, DC Tune in to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda: 9:00-9:15 a.m. Chairman's opening remarks 9:15-9:30 a.m. Congressional & White House...
Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
San Diego, California Here I am with the Bunnell siblings, who are all string players with the San Diego Youth Symphony, and were "on duty" throughout the launch event. Their late father, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, was a veteran of Desert Storm, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Standing...
Washington, DC The Tyndall Air Force Base (Florida) audience enjoying a Pensacola Opera performance as part of NEA?s Great American Voices initiative. Photo courtesy of Tyndall Air Force Base This past April, in my capacity as a board member of Americans for the Arts, I testified before the House...

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