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In honor of the brave men and women who serve their country through military service, the SCAD Museum of Art is pleased to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2012.
"The SCAD Museum of Art is pleased to pay tribute to our country's courageous, hard working service members and their families by offering them the opportunity to discover, learn and grow together in one of the nation's premier art and design museums," said Sam Anderson, managing director of the SCAD Museum of Art. "From offering one of the most significant collections of African American art in the United States to work by several of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, we think the SCAD Museum of Art will prove to be an inspiring experience for our military guests."
The free admission program is available to active-duty military and up to five family members. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. This year, more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative.
"Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,800 museums this summer," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community."
"As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy to provide an opportunity for our nation's service members and their families to connect with our national treasures," said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet.
The SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum established expressly to elevate art and design education for SCAD students and art enthusiasts around the world. With intention and élan, the museum's distinctive, dynamic art experiences advance the SCAD mission and champion art in the public discourse.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit 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 and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them.
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.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.