LA Museums to Offer Free Admission to Military Families All Summer
Many Los Angeles-area museums will begin offering free admission throughout the summer to members of the National Guard, the Reserves, military personnel on active duty, and their immediate families. The program runs Memorial Day (May 28) through Labor Day (September 3).
The annual opportunity, called Blue Star Museums, is coordinated in part by Blue Star Families, a four-year-old group of military spouses dedicated to raising awareness of “the challenges of military life with [their] civilian communities and leaders.” The museum admission program is a collaborative effort among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, MetLife Foundation, and over sixteen hundred museums in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. Three hundred new museums joined the program in 2012.
The Los Angeles Times provides a helpful list of the museums in LA participation in Blue Star Museums this year. Click here to view it. Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet noted, "Military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country's finest museums for free."
"This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year,” NEA chair Rocco Landesman said at a special kick-off event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community."
In addition to Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts serves veterans and active duty personnel through its ongoing Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience workshops.