Blue Star program returns to Springfield Museum of Art

Springfield Museum of Art
Springfield Museum of Art

The Springfield Museum of Art is again participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which allows active duty military personnel and their families free museum admission this summer.

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The program will run through Labor Day, Sept. 3, and allows admission to the Museum of Art’s various galleries, as well as registration for a variety of summer art classes for a discounted rate of 10 percent.

Summer classes begin June 24 and continue through July.

“The Springfield Museum of Art is pleased to continue our participation in the Blue Star Museum program,” said Springfield Museum of Art curator Erin Shapiro. “It’s a great way for us to say ‘thank you’ to military members and their families, and we hope it brings some new people through the door.”

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The Blue Star program is open to people serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members also qualify.

Proper military or dependent ID is required for free admission.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums throughout the United States.

To register for classes, call 937-325-4673 or go online to The Museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road.

KidsFest offers family fun on Sunday

KidsFest, the Summer Arts Festival’s annual day for families, will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at the Springfield Museum of Art.

The free event, in collaboration with the Springfield Arts Council, will include live entertainment and interactive arts and crafts.

Activities will include hands-on art-making, sidewalk chalk art, an instrument “petting zoo” with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, along with visiting artist Sharri Phillips and her exhibit in the Chakeres Interactive Art Lab.

There will also be free face painting and caricatures. Food and drinks will be available for sale.

Entertainment will include live performances from the Ohio Performing Arts Institute, noon-12:30; magician and ventriloquist Mike Hemmelgarn, 1 p.m.; and “Rumplestiltskin” presented by the Madcap Puppets, 3 p.m.

For more information, go online to