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NEA Arts: “The Art of Giving Back: The Blue Star Museums Initiative”

August 10, 2012 Helen Blake, daughter of a Marine Corps aviator, marvels at a crystal during a 2011 visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, a participating Blue Star Museum. Photo by Molly Blake “I think we truly are creating an enormous generation of museum-goers from this, and I […]

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The Soul of America: The Arts and the Military

August 6, 2012 About the cover: Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Ciccone by Michael D. Fay, a portrait drawn during their duty in Afghanistan. Ciccone committed suicide in 2003. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia This week on Art Works we’re featuring stories from the latest edition of NEA […]

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Art Works Podcast: Curator Sarah Cash

July 5, 2012 By Josephine Reed Mount Corcoran by Albert Bierstadt, used courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art In this week’s podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American […]

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Postcard from New York and Charleston

June 1, 2012 By Rocco Landesman At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Blue Star […]

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Welcome Back, Blue Star Museums!

May 25, 2012 By Rebecca Gross From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums. Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial […]

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What’s on View at the Penn Museum

August 10, 2011 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When we visit a museum, there’s a good chance we’ll join up with a docent or pick up an audio guide. If we’re at home, we might listen to a museum podcast or watch a video about the latest and greatest exhibits. But for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, […]

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Postcard from New York, New England, and San Diego

June 2, 2011 Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Rocco as Pharaoh in the “Discover Egypt” section of the San Diego Museum of Man. I started my recent whirlwind trip at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, where I delivered the Blashfield Address. I think it went very well. I was eager to […]

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Blue Star Museums Kicks Off Today

May 23, 2011 Washington, DC Military families enjoy artwork at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego’s Balboa Park after the May 24, 2010 announcement of Blue Star Museums. Photo by Sandy Huffaker. After a long hiatus, the Blue Star Museum blog is back for a second summer of museum madness! If you’re unfamiliar […]

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