Honolulu Academy of Arts connects military families with museum

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

25th Infantry Division
News Release 

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Honolulu Academy of Arts

HONOLULU — The Honolulu Academy of the Arts was one of six museums chosen from across the nation to host a Blue Star Museums Joining Forces event, Tuesday.

This program highlights civilian institutions that support the military community, as the nation has been called to do through first lady Michelle Obama’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative.

The initiative mobilizes all sectors of society to give American service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The program is a partnership between the museums; Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit that serves military families; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Honolulu Academy of the Arts is one of more than 1,500 participating Blue Star Museums.

“We are very grateful to the Honolulu Academy of Arts for hosting this Blue Star Museums Joining Forces Initiative event and for (its) participation in the Blue Star Museums program,” said Mark Smith, executive director, Blue Star Families. “We hope that this summer, military families will take advantage of the generosity of the Honolulu Academy of Arts opening its doors and welcoming them to their exceptional collections.”

The event featured a guided tour of the Academy’s John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery of the Arts of Hawaii, which includes the whole spectrum of Hawaii-related art, from native Hawaiian kapa to Georgia O’Keeffe’s landscape of Iao Valley.

Speakers included Col. Matthew Kelley, deputy commander, (Rear) 25th Infantry Division; Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie; Stephan Jost, director, Honolulu Academy of Arts; Robert Frankel, director, Museums and Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts; Mark Smith, executive director, Blue Star Families; and Ronald Yamakawa, executive director, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

“The Honolulu Academy of Arts is honored to be chosen from more than 1,500 museums to highlight this program that connects the military with museums,” Jost said. “We gratefully open our arms to service men and women and their families. Art can be a very therapeutic thing, and we welcome them to come to the Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Contemporary Museum for a transformative experience.”

The Blue Star Museums program runs through Sept. 5, 2011. Free admission is available to active duty military and their immediate family members (or a military ID holder and five family members). Active duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

To learn more about the Honolulu Academy of Arts, visit www.honoluluacademy.org or call 532-8700.

To learn more about Blue Star Families or to find other museums that are participating, visit www.bluestarfam.org.


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