Today, Congressman Mike Turner announced that The Dayton Art Institute will be participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer. The program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. From Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012, the participating museums offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. 

“The Dayton Art Institute is a significant cultural asset in our community. They are opening their doors and supporting our servicemembers and their families. I’d like to thank them for participating in this program and encourage our military community to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Congressman Mike Turner.

The free admission program is available to 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 U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and Reserve members, active duty U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, active duty NOAA Commissioned Corps), and up to five family members.

“Our military personnel and their families have given – and continue to give – so much to protect our country,” said Michael R. Roediger, Executive Director of The Dayton Art Institute. “This program is an important way for us to say ‘thank you’ and give something back to them.”