The Ringling IS A 2021 BLUE STAR MUSEUM

The Ringling to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this


Sarasota, Florida – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced it will join museums
nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-
serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed
Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Find the list
of participating museums at

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with
Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
“Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again The Ringling is an example of
resiliency in the arts sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National
Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to The Ringling for their leadership in strengthening
community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer.”
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens,
lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over
the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the
“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to The
Ringling for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program,” said Kathy Roth- Douquet,
CEO Blue Star Families. “Because of The Ringling and their counterparts in the arts community, military
families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts again!”
The free admission program is available for those currently-serving in the United States Military—Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S.
Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.
Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card
(dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal
agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise
their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies,
local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts
learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to
promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.
About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization, with a mission
to support military families to improve military readiness. Its distinctive approach builds stronger
communities around military families through knowledge and programs that address the unique needs
of those who serve. Blue Star Families’ nationally recognized surveys and analysis give military families
an important voice that informs policymakers and its military family programs. It uses the power of its
collective resources and cross-sector collaborations to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of
thousands of members of military families to strengthen the troops, their families, and our nation as a
whole. For more information, visit

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