The Clark Joins National Program Providing Free Admission to Active Duty Military and Families

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will participate in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011.

The Blue Star Museum program was launched last year by the Blue Star Families organization in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to provide families with the opportunity to visit museums during the summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.”

This year, more than 1,300 museums across the nation will take part in the initiative. The Clark was an inaugural host of the program last year, and welcomed active duty military personnel and their families throughout the summer. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

The complete list of participating museums is available at

The Clark

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit



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