Did you know that there is a program that offers FREE admission to museums for active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day? Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.
In Charlotte, this means that if you are active duty military you can visit 4 major museums for free all summer long! In Charlotte the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum, The Charlotte Museum of History are all participants in the Blue Star Program.
This is a fantastic example of an NEA program that will be eliminated if the current presidential budget is accepted. If you haven’t yet – write to your lawmaker, or visit them and tell them to #savetheNEA. For help with how to do this – please click here and here for resources from Americans for the Arts.
Nationally – there are several other notable events and exhibitions on the subject of our nation’s military history. First, in Washington, DC the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is presenting Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War from now until November 11, 2018.
Coming up later this year at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska, The American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, presents War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics
Harry Annas, American (1897 – 1980), Untitled (three soldiers in uniform standing on front step). Negative, gelatin silver (film), c.1940, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, American Professional Photographers Collection
All images and photographs used are from the Harvard Art Museums Image Library.