FRANKFORT, Ky. — More than 20 Kentucky museums are opening their doors free of charge to active duty military personnel and their family members as participants of the Blue Star Museums initiative.
Participating Kentucky Blue Star Museums join more than 2,000 of their counterparts in the initiative across the 50 states. The program is a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. Free admission to participating museums is available to all active duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day 2013.
"According to information provided by the Blue Star Museums initiative, there are more than 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed during times of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Lori Meadows, executive director. "We applaud Kentucky's Blue Star Museums for participating in this program and offering our service families memorable, fun and informative experiences when many have limited time together this summer."
The 24 participating museums are:
Eloise B. Houchens Center
Historic RailPark & Train Museum
McDowell House Museum
The General George Patton Museum of Leadership
Kentucky Historical Society
Oldham County History Center
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky
Aviation Museum of Kentucky
Frazier History Museum
Historic Locust Grove
Muhammad Ali Center
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
James D. Veatch Camp Breckinridge Museum & Arts Center
International Bluegrass Music Museum
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
National Quilt Museum
River Discovery Center
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
Bluegrass Heritage Museum
This is the fourth year for the Blue Star Museums initiative. Museums are welcome to join throughout the summer, and this year's national roster represents fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers and children's museums. Museums that wish to participate may contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.
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.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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