May 21, 2014

OUMA is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will once again participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. View a complete list of participating museums.

Beginning Tuesday, May 27, 2014, OUMA will offer free admission to active duty military personnel to the following exhibitions, on view between Memorial Day and Labor Day:

  • Southeastern Pastel Society’s 16th International Juried Exhibition, on view through June 22, 2014
  • SALVADOR DALI: Trilogy of Love (June 28-August 31, 2014) – Featuring 14 large format lithographs by Salvador Dali, including those in his Trilogy of Love series, from OUMA’s permanent collection
  • KIMO MINTON: Jazz Abstractions (June 28-August 31, 2014) – Presenting color woodcuts, mixed media work, and sculpture by contemporary artist Kimo Minton, courtesy of TEW Galleries and the artist
  • MID CENTURY MODERN: Works on Paper (June 28-August 31, 2014) -Featuring mid 20th century artists Alexander Calder, Juan Miró, Jim Dine, Larry River, and Helen Frankenthaler, selections from OUMA’s permanent collection and on loan from Woodruff Library, Emory University

“Oglethorpe University has been named to the list of Top Military Friendly Schools and is a Yellow Ribbon institution, with a focus on welcoming returning servicemen and women as they transition to civilian and academic life,” said Elizabeth Peterson, director of the OU Museum of Art. “Being a part of Blue Star Museums and offering complimentary access to our museum is one small way in which we can continue to assist in that transition and to honor military personnel and their families.”

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth‐Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuse, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
OUMA is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays and university holidays. General admission is $5. OUMA members and children under 12 receive free admission. Parking is free. Please call in advance so that we may best accommodate disability access or to arrange touch tours for individuals with low vision. OUMA is located on the third floor of Lowry Hall on the Oglethorpe University campus at 4484 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Ga. OUMA is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts. For more information, visit museum.oglethorpe.edu or call 404-364-8555.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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.

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Contact: Renee Vary, 404-364-8868 or rvary@oglethorpe.edu