Dallas Museum of Art to Participate for the Second Year in the Blue Star Museums Program Beginning Friday, May 27

One of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to announce their involvement for the second year in the Blue Star Museums program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families’ Operation Appreciation. The DMA joins over 1,300 museums in this nationwide initiative to honor the millions of Americans, and their families, serving in our military. Beginning Friday, May 27, 2011, in observance of Memorial Day, and through Sunday, September 4, 2011, in observance of Labor Day, the DMA will offer free admission to all active military personnel and their families. The free admission also extends to the special ticketed exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, on view now through September 4, 2011. We are delighted to participate for another year in the Blue Star Museums program and to welcome our active military personnel to enjoy the summer at the DMA,” said Bonnie Pitman, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “There are numerous military families in our community and we are proud to thank them for their service and sacrifice by extending the invitation to enjoy our special exhibitions, collections, and many programs free through Labor Day.”

Last summer, the DMA was honored to host a local military family and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman on a tour of the galleries with Director Bonnie Pitman. Landesman wrote a blog about his experience, which you can read here.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

Blue Star Families was founded in 2008 by a group of military spouses to raise awareness of the challenges military families face. The mission of the organization is to support, connect, and empower military families. Blue Star Families has established online and physical chapter-based communities as well as promoted community involvement, such as the Blue Star Museum program, in order to provide support to military families

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.”

Blue Star Museums, a free admission program throughout the summer, is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.

Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums for details and a complete list of participating museums.

The Dallas Museum of Art is one of eight museums in Dallas participating in the nationwide event. The other museums in Dallas are the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, Meadows Museum, Museum of the American Railroad, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Frontiers of Flight Museum, and Nasher Sculpture Center.

About Blue Star Families
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. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children, and parents as well as service members, veterans, and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
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. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum welcomes approximately 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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