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May 21, 2015

Frist Center offers free admission to vets, families

NASHVILLE: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation?s active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at

“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that?s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We?re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their hometowns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

During the period covered by the initiative, the Frist Center will feature several major exhibitions, including the highly anticipated Italian Style: Fashion since 1945, a comprehensive survey of Italian fashion from the end of World War II to the present day with 90 ensembles and accessories by Armani, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Versace and more. Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape features sculptures by the internationally renowned artist whose idealized faces and figures convey feelings of harmony with nature and the poetry of individual life. Postcards of the Wiener Werkst?tte: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection includes 300 artist-designed postcards produced between 1907 and 1919 at the Wiener Werkst?tte (or Vienna Workshops), an association of artists and artisans founded in 1903 by members of the Vienna Secession. Visitors will see the small treasures in the appropriate setting of the Frist Center building, which housed the main post office in Nashville from 1934 until 1986. The exhibition is supplemented with textiles, decorative arts, and printed materials made at the Wiener Werkst?tte.

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in Blue Star Museums. This year?s participants represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children?s museums.

About Blue Star Museums Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, September 7.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military?Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps?and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit

All summer, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter (@NEAarts, @BlueStarFamily and #bluestarmuseums), and on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Information on accessibility may be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and to members; $12 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students with ID; and $7 for active military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00?9:00 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, Caf?, and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.?5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.?9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00?5:30 p.m., with the Caf? opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting

About Blue Star Families Blue Star Families (BSF) is a national, nonprofit network by and for military families from all ranks and services, including active duty, National Guard and reserves. As the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the country, Blue Star Families forges extraordinary partnerships resulting in 1.5 million military family members served annually through programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas. BSF has also activated more than 26 million hours of community service to build leaders within and strengthen the military community, and connected Americans with their military. To learn more about Blue Star Families’ opportunities for service members, military families, and civilians, visit

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