Monday, 30 May 2011 12:28

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Blue Star Families announced the launch of the second annual Blue Star Museums, a partnership with more than 1,300 museums across America. Participating museums offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously [places] young people on a path to become lifelong museum goers.”

“I’m very pleased that so many of the arts council’s Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations are participating in Blue Star Museums,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. “This is a great way to kick off the summer season and show our appreciation to the men and women serving our country.”


The 15 participating museums in Kentucky are:

*Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Marion

*Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington

Historic Locust Grove, Louisville

Hopewell Museum, Paris

*International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro

Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville

Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort

Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort

McDowell House Museum, Danville

National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green

*National Quilt Museum, Paducah

River Discovery Center, Paducah

*Speed Art Museum, Louisville

* Kentucky Arts Partnership organization

For a complete list of participating museums in the U.S., go to

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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