Contact: Carl Holman, Assistant Director (904) 620-1921
Contact: Carl Holman, Assistant Director
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, is proud to announce their involvement in the Blue Star Museums program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families’ Operation Appreciation. MOCA joins over 900 museums in this nationwide initiative to honor the millions of Americans, and their families, serving in our military. Beginning Memorial Day, Monay, May 30, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, the museum will offer free admission to all active military personnel and their families.
“We are delighted to participate in the Blue Star Museums program and to welcome our active military personnel to enjoy the summer at MOCA,” said Marcelle Polednik, director of MOCA. “There are numerous military families in our community and we are proud to thank them for their service and sacrifice by extending the invitation to enjoy our special exhibitions, collections and many programs free of charge through Labor Day.”
Blue Star Families was founded in 2008 by a group of military spouses to raise awareness of the challenges military families face. The mission of the organization is to support, connect and empower military families. Blue Star Families has established online and physical chapter-based communities as well as promoting community involvement, such as the Blue Star Museum program, in order to provide support to military families.
Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, Sept. 5. The free admission program is available to active duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members), which includes active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard. 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 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.
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