Museums

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Some of our participating Blue Star Museums offer more conventional collections than others. There are incredible works of art, important artifacts from our past, and wonders from the natural world. Then there are other museums that showcase a whole lot of mustard. The quirky, colorful items...
Times Square isn’t picky about the billboards it displays. A capitalist’s dreamscape, there are advertisements for Broadway shows, movies, beverages, underwear, cars—if you can buy it, they’ll promote it. But in a few days, one of the world’s most visited tourist...
Norman Bel Geddes perhaps isn’t the best embodiment of the NEA’s notion of creative placemaking. Rather than communities centered on art, the designer envisioned a world centered on the automobile, filled with expressways, multi-tiered bridges, and parking lots as far as the eye could...
Beth Takekawa
The idea of a museum as a community anchor is not a new one. But what makes the Wing Luke Museum (a Blue Star Museums participant) so extraordinary is its...
Though the term “cool” became popularized in the U.S. in the middle of the last century, if the Internet is to be believed a form of the word has actually existed as an adjective since the days of Beowulf. Whether you believe its origins are in the 20th century or around the eighth,...
The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows have just been announced , and they are an impressive bunch who practice a vast range of traditional art forms. While you’ll get to see many of these art forms in person at our concert on Friday, September 19, 2014, why not give yourself a primer with a...
There’s no shortage of research indicating the benefits of museum visits for children. They can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for quality time with family. Curious to hear more...
Today we've asked some of our partners at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Center for the Future of Museums to help us launch a new feature in which we ask artists and arts leaders to answer the question: Where are you seeing opportunities for growth or unexplored challenges in...
On September 14, 1814, by the dawn's early light, Francis Scott Key watched as the American flag was raised over Fort McHenry, a signal that American troops had defeated the British during the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore —a major upset. Key set his patriotic sentiments down on...
When it comes to war, history is quick to recall a conflict’s victors and losers. But military life is made up more than triumphs and losses, not to mention the political strategies that led to them. The Blue Star Museums listed here take a look at lesser-known aspects of the American...

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