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Kentucky museums offer free admission to military families

Click on headline for list of 15 museums open to active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2011., along with links
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By Ed Lawrence
KY State Government News from Commonwealth News Center

FRANKFORT, KY - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Blue Star Families announced the launch of the second annual Blue Star Museums, a partnership with more than 1,300 museums across America. Participating museums offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.


"Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously [places] young people on a path to become lifelong museum goers.".

"I'm very pleased that so many of the arts council's Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations are participating in Blue Star Museums," said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. "This is a great way to kick off the summer season and show our appreciation to the men and women serving our country.".

The 15 participating museums in Kentucky are:* Kentucky Arts Partnership organization.

For a complete list of participating museums in the U.S., go toBlue Star Museums

Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.

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.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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