Ten Miami-Dade County museums are participating in a nationwide Blue Star Museums program this summer. The program offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve members) and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day of 2013.
Participating local museums are:
Coral Gables: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Doral: Museum of the Americas.
Miami: HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Miami Beach: Bass Museum of Art and The Wolfsonian–FIU.
North Miami: Haitian American Historical Society (no active Web site), 645 NE 127th St., North Miami, phone 786-621-0035.
They are among 2,000 Blue Star Museums across America involved in the program.
NEA and DoD
The Blue Star Museums program organizers are the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and Blue Star Families a national nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services (including National Guard and Reserve) dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families.
Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Its worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans, and civilians.
“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said Joan Shigekawa, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, at a press event launching the program. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 2,000 museums across the country ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members.
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