Hallie Ford Museum of Art offers free admission to military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, will offer free admission to all active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.

“Our participation in the Blue Star Museums Program provides a great opportunity to recognize and thank our military families for all they are doing for our country,” said Director John Olbrantz. “We also hope that it will provide the impetus for military personnel and their families to become life-long museum goers.”

This program is held in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums throughout the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the federal government that supports artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.

The free admission program is available for 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 military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. A complete list of participating museums can be found at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

About the museum
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural, and intellectual resource for Willamette University, Salem and the region. It includes four permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition spaces. Permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper. Temporary exhibitions feature historic and contemporary art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free and admission is free on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/arts/hfma.



05-23-2012

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