Blue Star Museums Summer Is Armed Forces Day Through Labor Day
The Albany Museum of Art is again participating in the Blue Star Museums summer program, which starts May 20 on Armed Forces Day and continues through Labor Day on Sept 4.
“This is a nationwide program that expresses our appreciation to members of the U.S. military and their families for their service to our nation,” AMA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., said. “Their service and sacrifice ensure that freedom of expression, which is essential in the arts, will continue to be robust in the United States. We look at this as a special opportunity to share with them cultural treasures and experiences.”
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense, and participating museums. During the summer participating institutions offer free admission to up to five family members of those serving in the U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force—and those in the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps.
“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, Ph.D., chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “The Albany 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.”
The AMA offers free admission to everyone. “Through June 30, we are offering service personnel one-year basic memberships at no cost, entitling them to AMA member discounts for events and programs, such as our art camps and, for adults, our Corks & Canvases Painting Parties,” Wulf said.
The AMA’s basic membership, which normally costs $75, also includes the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership (SERM) program, which offers free and reduced prices at hundreds of participating museums in the Southeastern United States. “That is a perk that will continue for the duration of the membership,” Director of Development and Membership Chloe Hinton said. “They also can upgrade to a Supporting Membership for $25, which includes the North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) program. That opens up free and reduced access to even more participating museums across the United States.”
Beginning July 1, the AMA is transitioning to free memberships. Rather than pay for memberships, tax-deductible donations made to the museum’s annual fund enable members to enjoy different levels of benefits.
Military families who join on July 1 or later and donate at the Artist Guild Level ($1 to $124) will be upgraded at no additional cost to the Reciprocal Level ($125 to $249), which entitles the contributor to more perks and discounts. The museum will release details on the benefits associated with each of the new annual-fund donation levels in the coming weeks.
Organizers of the Blue Star Museums program selected Armed Forces Day as the opening day for the annual Blue Star Museums program because it was established in 1949 as a day for Americans to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service.
In addition to art museums like the AMA, children’s museums, history and science museums, zoos, aquaria, and nature centers are participating in the Blue Star Museums program. A list of U.S. museums participating organizations can be found online HERE.
- Steve Hinton & Friends … From the Beginning is in the Haley, East, McCormack, and Hodges Galleries April 20-Aug 12, 2023.
- Escape Plan, Installation by Elinor Saragoussi is in the West Gallery.
ABOUT THE ALBANY MUSEUM OF ART
The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany, Ga., adjacent to Albany State University West Campus just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
For more information about the AMA please visit our website HERE, or call 229.439.8400. Be sure to follow the Albany Museum of Art on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
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 give 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 HERE or follow the NEA 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.