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The Vero Beach Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2023 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and participating museums across America.
This summer, Blue Star Families can enjoy Treasure Coast Creates: A Tribute to Local Artists exhibition on May 20 thru September 18, and an exhibition of drawings by Jack Tworkov from May 26 to September 3. Families can explore student artworks in the Patten Community Gallery as well as enjoy the Art Zone an interactive children’s space.
“We are proud supporters of the Blue Star Museum initiative and know the important role the arts play to our overall well-being. Now more than ever, we are committed to ensuring access for all, and hope our active military and their families will take full advantage of everything the Museum has to offer this summer.” Commented Sophie Bentham-Wood, VBMA Director of Marketing and Communications.
“We thank the 2023 Blue Star Museums who invite military personnel and their families to experience the many wonders they have to offer, whether it’s a glimpse into the past, an encounter with awe-inspiring art, or a moment of discovery,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “ The Vero Beach Museum of Art is helping to enrich the lives of military families and build meaningful connections between our nation’s military and their local community.”
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family
members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
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About The Vero Beach Museum of Art
The Museum is the largest accredited art facility on Florida’s Treasure Coast, presenting changing exhibitions of world-class art and its collection of more than 1,000 American and international art objects. It features two sculpture parks, five galleries, public programs from lectures to film studies, jazz concerts, and docent tours. The Art Zone provides hours of interactive play for kids with ten different activity stations. Make sure you stop and shop the Museum Store for a souvenir from your visit. Museum Admission is FREE on the last Saturday of each month. Admission fees apply. Check the website for more information and hours at www.vbmuseum.org
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. To learn more, visit arts.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
About Blue Star Families
BlueStar Families (BSF) is the nation’s largest chapter-based military and veteran family support organization. Its research-driven approach fosters strong communities with a focus on human centered design and innovative solutions. Since its founding in 2009, BSF has delivered millions of dollars in benefits and impacted more than 1.5 million people each year. For more information, click here and follow along with Blue Star Families on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.