The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families this Summer

The JSMA is one of more than 2,000 museums across the United States to participate in the Blue Star Museums Program

EUGENE, Ore. -- (May 22, 2015) –The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day until Labor Day 2015, as part of the Blue Star Museum program.


The JSMA has been a Blue Star Museum since the program’s inception in 2010. Other participating museums in Eugene include the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, Science Factory Children’s Museum, and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House.


Blue Star Museums, is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums once again will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities. A complete list of participating museums is available at


The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), 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.


“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth‐Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”


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.


This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science‐Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

One of six nationally accredited museums in Oregon, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon is a premier Pacific Northwest visual arts center for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art. Its mission is to enhance the academic mission of the University of Oregon and further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for a general audience.   The JSMA exhibits significant collections of East Asian art, Russian icons, American and Pacific Northwest art, and special exhibitions.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families (BSF) is a national, nonprofit network by and for military families from all ranks and services, including active duty, National Guard and reserves. As the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the country, Blue Star Families forges  extraordinary partnerships resulting in 1.5 million military family members served annually through programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas.  BSF has also activated more than 26 million hours of community service to build leaders within and strengthen the military community, and connected Americans with their military. To learn more about Blue Star Families' opportunities for service members, military families, and civilians, visit


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 $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. 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


Contacts Debbie Williamson Smith, Communications Manager, 541-346-0942,


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