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Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center Announces to Participate in Blue Star Museum

The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

Fredericksburg, VA – Today The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center announced 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 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, 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. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center
The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is to collect, interpret, and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg area in order to share with the residents and visitors alike the stories of those who shape the region and its role in the nation's development.

During its first twenty-five years, the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center built a fine collection of artifacts and art that provide points of entry to reflect on our community's past. The passionate dedication of community leaders to treasure the Fredericksburg region's history led to the creation of this institution and has fostered its growth ever since. Looking forward to its next twenty-five years, the institution will focus on meeting the ever-changing needs of its audience. We serve a growing and diverse group of visitors, community members and students who support our efforts to provide an opportunity to learn from the rich history of our region in ways that are meaningful to them.

Our collection of historic treasures will continue to form the basis of our permanent exhibitions and the stories they tell. Multi-media interpretation, expanded public programming, interactive learning opportunities and a view of history from multiple perspectives will enhance the Museum's experiential quality. We will eagerly explore our vast potential as a 21st-century museum.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corp, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov. 

For more information on Blue Star Museums please visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums, or for additional programming information, please either contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famcc.org. The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is to collect, interpret and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg region and community.
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