The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will join museums nationwide as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. service members and their families this summer.
The 2022 program began on Saturday, May 21, 2022, Armed Forces Day, and will end on Monday, September 5, 2022, Labor Day. Find the list of participating museums on arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and museums across America.
“Museums educate and inspire, make us wonder and imagine, dream and remember,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, president of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By participating in the Blue Star Museums programme, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum offers service members and their families the opportunity to explore the world through the power of arts, culture and design, helping to ensure that everyone can live an artistic life. ”
The free admission program is available to those currently serving in the United States military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force, Reserves, National Guard, US Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must present a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID Card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID Card or Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) identity to enter a participating Blue Star Museum. .
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and are native to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands Americans. The current list of participating museums will continue to grow over the summer as organizations are invited to apply to become a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.
“Our military community looks forward to the Blue Star Museum program each year and I am thrilled to celebrate the 2022 season with them!” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families. “Thank you, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, for participating in this impactful program and providing military families the opportunity to enjoy the arts with you this summer.”
Alongside the Blue Star program, Gadsden Arts offers many free entry programs and, for children, free year-round educational programming, so arts experiences are accessible to everyone. These include free admission: every first Saturday of the month, every day for SNAP EBT cardholders, to the ArtZone every Saturday, during Quincy Main Street festivals and for all groups of children. Admission waivers for senior groups are also available upon request, and partial or full scholarships are available for Summer Art Camp participants.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is located in Quincy, 20 miles from Tallahassee and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free for children 17 and under and museum members. During the Masters of American Photography, admission to the exhibit is $10 for non-member adults. Admission to the Fletcher Museum Shop and ArtZone is always free for everyone. The ArtZone is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit gadsdenarts.org.
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