Blue Star Museums


Thursday, August 12, 2010
Blue Star Museums…
                       Free admission to museums for military personnel and their families*

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                                           Over 900 museums
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                        Reaches tens of thousands of families stationed all
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             ...offer quality family time, meaningful memories, and
              extend tremendous ap...
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          Military spouse Michelle Galvez wrote her thanks to Blue Star
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            “This is a perfect opportunity for military families to enjoy the
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                              Our wonderful Honorary Committee:

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                                 We would like to thank you for your participation in Blue Star Museums!...
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                 July 8, 2010 - Chrysler Museum
          Yesterday I packed up the family and we headed...
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                 July 9, 2010 -- At the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston with Blue Star Families Sue
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            One of the most amazing exhibits was probably the miniature portraits. The intent was for
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                                               Field Trips
            We offered all of our chapters the...
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                                    On August 2, 2010 in New Orleans at the Ogden
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                                         Museum of Modern Art, NYC
          "You are what you share." v...
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                                                 Upcoming Events:

                        Art Contest -...
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                        Brought to you by Blue Star Families, the National
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About Blue Star Families
          Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families ...
About the NEA
            The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting
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Press
                       (A sma& sampling of the daily press since launch)
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An innovative interim report created for the benefactors of the Blue Star Museums program, which I managed during the summer of 2010 (it ran memorial Day-Labor Day). A version of this was also created as a virtual press release.

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  1. 1. Blue Star Museums Thursday, August 12, 2010
  2. 2. Blue Star Museums… Free admission to museums for military personnel and their families* From Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010 *The !ee admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.   Thursday, August 12, 2010
  3. 3. Blue Star Museums... Over 900 museums (and counting) participating nationwide More contact requesting to join* every week! * to join contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov or Nicole Murray at 202-682-5578 Thursday, August 12, 2010
  4. 4. Blue Star Museums... Reaches tens of thousands of families stationed all across the US, and thousands have already enjoyed the benefit of free admission to popular museums that appreciate their service Thursday, August 12, 2010
  5. 5. Blue Star Museums... ...offer quality family time, meaningful memories, and extend tremendous appreciation for service from our nation’s cultural centers, the museum community. A letter Blue Star Families received !om FRG leader Linda Fu&er a'er attending an event at the Da&as Museum of Art: “I cannot thank you enough for not only the experience of a lifetime but a most memorable Father's Day. . .The fact that you appreciate and honor the military means so much to so many people . . .Thank you seems so menial for so great of a gi' but it is a& I have to offer.  That and our heartfelt thanks.  Thank you !om us but also !om others who don't quite know how to vocalize their thanks. From our hearts to yours.  THANK YOU!” Thursday, August 12, 2010
  6. 6. Blue Star Museums... Military spouse Michelle Galvez wrote her thanks to Blue Star Museums and Colonial Williamsburg, which gave her family a special Memorial Day weekend “We toured a& the houses and restored buildings, sampled the authentic-to-the-period beverages at the restored coffee house, learned to dance in a parlor, picnicked on the grounds of the Governor's Palace, wrote our names with a feather pen and came to appreciate our history a bit more (especia&y how they could have born the Southern humidity in those days without A/C and in a corset). A special touch was the "Honoring Service" notation on our admission badges. Several people stopped our family to thank us for our service and sacrifice.” Thursday, August 12, 2010
  7. 7. Blue Star Museums... “This is a perfect opportunity for military families to enjoy the culture and heritage our military members fight for a& year long.” -- Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chairman of Blue Star Families Blue Star Families with the docent at the San Diego launch event. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  8. 8. Blue Star Museums... Our wonderful Honorary Committee: Mrs. Deborah Mrs. E&en Roughead Mrs. Cheryl Mu&en McKinley Mrs. Mary Murphy Mrs. Sheila Casey Mrs. Bonnie Amos Mrs. Diane Jones Mrs. Jackie Bolden Mrs. Paula Roy Mrs. Laura Stultz Mrs. Sandee Mrs. Liz Kent Cartwright Mrs. Suzie Schwartz Thursday, August 12, 2010
  9. 9. Blue Star Museums We would like to thank you for your participation in Blue Star Museums! On behalf of the families in America’s military services - in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and the National Guard and Reserve components, we, the Honorary Committee for Blue Star Museums, thank and commend you for your excellent support of our military families – service members, spouses, and children. The Blue Star Museum program is tremendously meaningful as an expression of appreciation from the nation’s cultural community to our military community. Even more, your participation in the Blue Star Museum program brings the gift of our cultural heritage to our families and gives families a wonderful way to spend time together over the summer. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your generous gesture, which honors and supports our military families. Thank you. Very Sincerely, The Blue Star Families Blue Star Museums Honorary Committee With additional appreciation from Blue Star Families: Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chairman Laura Dempsey, Vice Chairman Mark Smith, Executive Director Thursday, August 12, 2010
  10. 10. Blue Star Museums July 8, 2010 - Chrysler Museum Yesterday I packed up the family and we headed to a Blue Star Stephanie Museums event hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Himel- Nelson Virginia. We joined Blue Star Families, Senator Mark Warner, and her Norfolk mayor Paul Fraim, Admiral Mark Boensel (Commander, sons. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic), other local participating museums, and many military families, all excited to see the museum and learn more about the program, which offers free museum admission to military families at participating museums this summer. Speaking of the importance of supporting military families, Senator Warner noted, “This is a nice way to demonstrate support for our military personnel and their families, and I congratulate the Chrysler Museum and all of the other Virginia cultural sites that have stepped up to partner with the Blue Star Museums program.” Admiral Boensel indicated that, in providing programs like this for military families, we are contributing to military readiness. Is there really any greater thanks we could receive? by Stephanie Himel-Nelson, the New Media Director for Blue Star Families. Speakers at Blue Star Museum event at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. (L-R) BSF Executive Director, Mark Smith; Admiral Mark Boensel She lives with her military family in Chesapeake, Virginia. (Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic); Senator Mark Warner (Va); Norfolk mayor Paul Fraim; Chrysler Museum Director William Hennessy.  Thursday, August 12, 2010
  11. 11. Blue Star Museums July 9, 2010 -- At the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston with Blue Star Families Sue Hoppin and Lisa Ripa, their families, cast from Army Wives, and local and state officials: Blue Star Families learn about local art. The Ripa family, who just said From L-R Army Wives cast member Terry Serpico, military spouse Lisa goodbye to their father for his third deployment, get a morale boost Ripa, son Thomas Ripa, daughter Caroline Ripa, Garrett Hoppin, military spouse Sue Hoppin, Army Wives cast member Brian McNamara Thursday, August 12, 2010
  12. 12. Blue Star Museums One of the most amazing exhibits was probably the miniature portraits. The intent was for their loved ones to keep the pictures with them so that whenever they were separated they would have a memento to remind them of home. As our tour guide noted, the closest modern day comparison would have to be Facebook! In addition to the great tour, one of the morning’s highlights was being joined by Brian McNamara and Terry Serpico (to those of you who are Army Wives fans, General Michael Holden and Lt Colonel Frank Sherwood respectively) from the Lifetime show, Army Wives. I got a chance to interview both of them and learn more about their experiences working on the show. Mr. McNamara said that out of the many roles that he has played, it is definitely one of his favorites due to the fact that he has the chance to channel his brother who is a retired Navy captain. When asked how he prepares for his role, he merely rolled back his shoulders and stood up a bit straighter, commenting that his authoritative posture is a big part of his character. Mr. Serpico likes to emulate his father who is a retired Army Colonel. When asked how he gets into character once the cameras are rolling, he simply said that his father was a hard core Garret Hoppin (back) views the miniature Army officer, so he plays his character the same way. exhibit with Tyler McNamara (center) and Caroline Ripa (front). Needless to say, I enjoyed my time at the Gibbes Museum and learned so much. Since the Blue Star Museum program has over 850 participating museums, I will definitely be visiting plenty more before the program ends Labor Day. - Garrett Hoppin, writing about his experience at Blue Star Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art Thursday, August 12, 2010
  13. 13. Blue Star Museums "Blue Star Museums is an incredible way for the museum community to thank the military and their families. On Army Wives, I’ve learned about the heavy demands on military families, and it adds to my appreciation of their service. When Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts and the museums come together to offer military families free admission it’s a way for our American culture to show that appreciation. It’s a great program, and I’m so At the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, Tyler McNamara shakes Bret Lott’s hand while father Brian McNamara and Terry Serpico watch glad to be able to endorse it and make sure happily. Mr. Lott is the author of 12 books, on the faculty at College of Charleston, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts. He is everyone knows about it and heads to a also a Blue Star Families dad. participating museum." -- Brian McNamara, General Michael Holden, on Army Wives. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  14. 14. Blue Star Museums Field Trips We offered all of our chapters the chance to organize a field trip with our assistance at any nearby Blue Star Museum -- we promised a special experience and members who took advantage enjoyed that. They shared with us through stories and photos, such as these from Crystal Cavalier, chapter leader, who visited Cape Fear Museum. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  15. 15. Blue Star Museums On August 2, 2010 in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum during the National Guard Conference One of our wonderful supporters, Mrs. Sheila Casey, as we& as Congressman Steve Scalise, General Reddel, Sue Hoppin, and local hostess Greta Perry came together for a wonderful event. A& of the guests enjoyed an interesting tour by Chief Curator David Houston. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  16. 16. Blue Star Museums Museum of Modern Art, NYC "You are what you share." via @museummodernart #milmoma #blogher10 3:56 PM Aug 5th via TwitBird TheShoppingMama Kate, Shopping Mama On August 5, 2010, digital communication experts Victor Samra and Becky Stokes shared MoMA’s social media strategy with military family bloggers, with kudos to Blue Star Museums, and a special curator lead tour of the women’s art exhibits. The key word of the day was, “Amazing.” And a major Web site was inspired to begin a Military Family channel. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  17. 17. Blue Star Museums Upcoming Events: Art Contest - open to a& military children and teens through September 12, 2010 August 18, 2010 - New Hampshire, with National Guard families, elected officials, and the Department of Cultural Resources. At the Currier in Manchester. August 21, 2010 - Austin, with local military families and officials. Concluding celebration - Washington, D.C., Fa&, 2010 Thursday, August 12, 2010
  18. 18. Blue Star Museums… Brought to you by Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and all of the participating museums Thursday, August 12, 2010
  19. 19. About Blue Star Families Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life with civilian community and leaders. Membership includes spouses, kids, parents, service members, veterans and civilians. Operation Appreciation is an initiative of Blue Star Families that seeks to connect military families to the larger community. Blue Star Families 2009 annual survey shows that 94 percent of military families feel that the larger community doesn't truly understand or appreciate the sacrifices we make for the country. Through initiatives such as Blue Star Museums, Blue Star Families provides avenues for the larger community to show that they do understand, in meaningful ways that enrich the lives of military service members, spouses, children and parents. For more information, please visit www.BlueStarFam.org. Contact: jpippert@bluestarfam.org or museums@bluestarfam.org Thursday, August 12, 2010
  20. 20. About the NEA The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov. Contact: Sa&y Gifford * 202-682-5606 * giffords@arts.gov Thursday, August 12, 2010
  21. 21. Blue Star Museums Additional Promotions Full size New York Times advertisement, anonymously donated July 1, 2010 Blue Star Families launched the Kids and Teens Art Contest, inspired by Blue Star Museums Museums proudly participate, and often display promotional posters at the ticket center. Thursday, August 12, 2010
  22. 22. Press (A sma& sampling of the daily press since launch) May 23, 2010 May 23, 2010 May 25, 2010 600 museums offer military Blue Star program opens From remarks by First Lady Miche&e Obama 600 museums offer military families families free admission - museums for the military - at Camp Pendleton on June 13, 2010: free admission Yahoo! News SignOnSanDiego.com “And I want organizations across the Associated Press The program, called Blue Chief Warrant Officer Tommy country to see the incredible difference More than 600 museums Star Museums, is being Fitzgerald couldn't stop beaming that community-based groups make here nationwide are offering free announced Monday in ... as he watched his children face in this area. . .There are local museums, admission to military families all off inside the Museum of like the San Diego Museum of Art, which summer. . . May 25, 2010 have joined with Blue Star Families, the The program, called Blue Star Photographic Arts Army Times National Endowment for the Arts, and Museums, is being announced 600 museums free to troops, hundreds of museums across the country Monday in... June 13, 2010 families - Army News, news from to offer free admission to families -- Iraq ... Press Herald June 24, 2010 military families this summer.” The Blue Star Museums program The Portland Museum of 'Blue Star Museums' help is a partnership between the 600 Art is participating in the May 24, 2010 military families museums Blue Star Museums Washington Post Hilton Head Island Packet Program, a partnership 600 museums offer free summer The program is called June 16, 2010 among Blue Star Families, admission to military "Blue Star Museums" and Wisconsin Rapids Tribune the National Endowment The project, Blue Star Museums, is a is a partnership between STEVENS POINT -- The for the Arts ... joint effort of the endowment and Blue the National Endowment Central Wisconsin Star Families ... for the Arts, Blue Star Children's Museum, in Families... June 8, 2010 Jun 23, 2010 CenterPoint MarketPlace in Culture : NPR FOX 5 San Diego News Stevens Point, is June 2, 2010 600 participating Click on the link to find out what participating in Blue Star Abilene Reporter-News museums are calling museums are participating in the Blue The Grace Museum, is a themselves the Blue Star Museums... Star Museums Initiative Blue Star Museum Museums. ... Thursday, August 12, 2010
  23. 23. Press (A sma& sampling of the daily press since launch) Jul 09, 2010 July 09, 2010 July 9, 2010 July 12, 2010 Channel 5 News, ABC ABC News 4 MOAA Blue Star program sponsors 'Army Wives' star dishes on Army Wives Actors and Real Army Blue Star Museums art contest for military military life, Charleston, Wives Tour Museum On Thursday MOAA Spouse children politics Charleston, SC - Lisa Ripa's Husband, attended a celebration of Blue The Virginian-Pilot CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) Army Major John Ripa was shipped to Star Museums; a program Blue Star Families has - Most people know him as Lt. Iraq two weeks ago for a third tour. partnership between the launched an art contest for Col. Frank Sherwood, the hard- "You go from a big family nonprofit organization Blue military children inspired by a nosed officer on Lifetime's hit environment…you’re alone," she said. Star Families and the visit to a Blue Star Museum. drama "Army Wives," and Terry But Friday that loneliness and concern National Endowment for the More than 850 museums Serpico says the character he was put on the back burner for about Arts that provides free across America - including plays is an extension of him and an hour, as she and her kids took a admission for military Colonial Williamsburg, the his life growing up on an Army private tour of the Gibbes Museum of families to museums across Portsmouth Naval Shipyard base. Art in Charleston. the country this summer. Museum and the "You do need time away to get your Contemporary Art Center of mind away from worrying and things Virginia - are offering free like that," Ripa said July 12, 2010 August, 2010 admission to military Military Mom Talk Radio – A&E, Lifetime Network personnel and their families Vivian Walker Greentree, newsletter this summer as part of the guest. Discussed Blue Star July 8, 2010 Blue Star Museums Blue Star Museums program. Families and Blue Star Nofolk WTKR Channel 3 The contest is open to Museums. News military children ages 3 to 17, Blue Star Families program according to a news release. offers free museum admission through the summer Thursday, August 12, 2010

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