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Blue Star Museums Blog (Archive)
Lego: Building a Medium
August 8, 2013
What is it about Lego bricks that we find so alluring? Is it their blindingly cheerful colors? Their reminders of childhood? Or maybe it's that they give even the most...
Art de Cuisine!
August 6, 2013
Caution: This post will make you hungry. Art is a three-letter word with countless interpretations. To each individual, the definition is different, both amorphous and concrete, but, always, subjective. Food...
Outside-In: Street Art in Blue Star Museums
August 1, 2013
Street art, much like a wild animal, is best seen in its natural habitat. No matter how many pictures of cuddly lion cubs we squeal over, nothing compares to spotting...
July 30, 2013
In the latest edition of NEA Arts , we look at select elements of the American art tradition that once struggled to find acceptance in the artistic mainstream. Many of...
When Art Hits Close to Home
July 16, 2013
When our new Our Town grantees are announced later this week, we’ll be taking another step toward making the arts a central component of communities across the nation. But back...
Military in Museums
July 11, 2013
For many years, most images of war and the military came from press photographers, or from artists who were commissioned to go along with soldiers into combat. Now, however, there...
A Creative Response to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
July 9, 2013
Since its inception in 1981, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) has been a space for military personnel, veterans, and civilians to open a dialogue over the real impact of...
Blue Star Voices: Seattle Art Museum
July 5, 2013
Confession? I know nothing about art. In the tiny town where I was raised there were no museums, and fine art wasn't really stressed in the curriculum I studied. I...
An American Illustrator
July 2, 2013
It is almost time to wish America happy birthday. With Independence Day just around the corner, you can expect a series of American commemorations of all sizes and shapes. But...
Jiving with Blue Star Museums
June 27, 2013
Get those jazz hands ready, faithful readers. Today we announced the 2014 class of NEA Jazz Masters ! We are thrilled to welcome these living legends as the newest NEA...