2011 Launch of Blue Star Museums

(posted: May 26, 2011)

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the second annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Thirty-three Wisconsin Museums are participating in the program:

See the complete list of participating museums.

The launch of the program was announced at a press event on the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art hosted by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Mr. Landesman and Ms. Roth-Douquet were joined by Lt Gen R.E. Milstead, Jr., Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, United States Marine Corps; Vicki Reed, Chair of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; and representatives from San Diego’s more than 150,000 active duty military personnel and the 17 San Diego museums participating in Blue Star Museums.

Following the event, Mr. Landesman, Ms. Roth-Douquet, and Mayor Sanders escorted local families representing the Armed Forces to visit the Timken Museum of Art, the Museum of Man, and the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego.

“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 begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day. We appreciate the NEA and the nation’s museums who chose to partner with us.We also are grateful to our friends at the MetLife Foundation, the lead supporter of the Blue Star Museums outreach initiative, whose generous donation helps make our work possible.”

“The City of San Diego is delighted to once again host the launch of this summer’s Blue Star Museums program,” said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “We welcome our military families to enjoy time together this summer at San Diego’s museums both in Balboa Park and throughout the city.”

This year, more than 1,324 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Participants include The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland, Maine, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, and the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.


To Tax or Not to Tax?

(posted: Jun 02, 2011)

I’ve been questioning whether the 501(c)(3) nonprofit model remains the best option for arts and culture groups that are having more difficulty than ever balancing the inherent organizational tension between mission and money.

200 Complimentary Tours Available for Ten Chimneys Day

(posted: Apr 27, 2011)

In celebration of “Wisconsin State Ten Chimneys Day,” 200 FREE TOURS OF TEN CHIMNEYS will be offered to the public for May 26th, 2011.
TO QUALIFY: CALL (262) 968-4161 EXT. 526, BEGINNING AT 8AM CST ON SUNDAY, MAY 1st. The first 100 callers will receive 2 complimentary Full Estate Tour admissions (regularly $35 per person), for

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