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Sarasota Art Museum Participates in Blue Star Museums

Free Admission for Active-Duty Military Personnel and Families from May 21- Sept. 5, 2022

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 17, 2022) – Sarasota Art Museum is proud to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museum is a national program offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer from Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022, through Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2022. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums across America. For a list of participating museums, visit


The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.


“We want to make contemporary art accessible to all,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. “We are honored to participate in the Blue Star Museums program and welcome active duty military personnel and their families to the Sarasota Art Museum this summer.”


The Blue Star program supplements the Sarasota Art Museum’s ongoing free admissions programs for public and life-safety officers, veterans and active military with ID; all children under 17 when accompanied by an adult; and Cross College Alliance Students with ID. In addition, through the support of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Sarasota Art Museum offers free admission to everyone on the second Sunday of every month.


During the Blue Star Museums program, Sarasota Art Museum will debut the first U.S. solo museum exhibition by Jamaica-based textile and fiber artist Katrina Coombs, titled I M(O)ther: Threads of the Maternal Figure. On Saturday, May 21, 1-2 p.m., Katrina Coombs will speak with Rosie Gordon-Wallace, exhibition guest curator, about her unique use of the fiber medium and the exhibition, I M(O)ther: Threads of the Maternal Figure.


To learn more about visiting Sarasota Art Museum during the Blue Star Museums program, and its current and upcoming exhibitions, visit

About Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum is Ringling College of Art and Design’s dynamic laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. As Sarasota’s only museum solely focused on contemporary artists and their work, Sarasota Art Museum offers visitors a place to see thought-provoking exhibitions and participate in education programs that start conversations and amplify the city’s creative spirit.

Located in the historic Sarasota High School, Sarasota Art Museum opened to the public in 2019 and features 15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space, a plaza court, the Great Lawn featuring temporary sculpture and site – specific installations, Bistro, and SHOP. Sarasota Art Museum shares the Ringling College Museum Campus with Ringling College’s Continuing Studies program comprising the non-credit Studio and Digital Arts program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College.

Sarasota Art Museum is located at 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236.
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