Institute of Texan Cultures to participate in Blue Star Museums
ITC joins more than 1,500 museums, offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense
SAN ANTONIO – Today, the Institute of Texan Cultures announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America, to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.
The Institute of Texan Cultures has recently been the epicenter of various events and projects supporting the military community and contributing to San Antonio’s celebrated status of "Military City, U.S.A."
For questions on the Institute of Texan Cultures’ participation, please visit TexanCultures.com. Blue Star Museums will be suspended during the Texas Folklife Festival, June 8-10.
On May 4, the museum hosted a delegation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a sign for the Purple Heart Trail was placed along Interstate 37. On May 16, the museum accepted a portfolio of nearly 350 images of San Antonio’s Vietnam casualties from a team of community volunteers. On May 19, Armed Forces Day, the ITC contributed to the salute to the armed forces, welcoming Operation Homefront’s concert, featuring Tracy Lawrence, for military members and families.
"In many ways, the military has formed a unique culture -- a way of life -- in Texas," said Angelica Docog, executive director at the Institute of Texan Cultures. "As ‘Military City, U.S.A.,’ San Antonio has a long history of friendship, cooperation and good will with our local military. "It is a pleasure to join Blue Star Museums in extending this courtesy to military families."
More than 1,500 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new participating museums this year.
"We are happy 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. "Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free."
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder 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.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Blue Star Museums admission requires a valid military or military dependent ID. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.