"There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum communities to military families is thrilling," said Blue Star Families chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet.
In addition to being chairman of Blue Star Families, Roth-Douquet is married to a Marine Corps officer, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. They have two children, and Roth-Douquet and the children plan to take a road trip this summer to visit Blue Star Museums up and down the East Coast.
"Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that," she said. "We anticipate that thousands of military families will participate in the program and visit museums this summer - many of them for the first time."
In addition to 30 children's museums across the country, participating museums represent a broad range of art, history, science, and cultural topics - from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California.
This is the latest Arts Endowment program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, Great American Voices Military Base Tour, and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.
For more information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.com.