- June 6, 2020
The Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens is joining a nationwide initiative to provide free admission to current U.S. military personnel and their families this summer.
The 2023 Blue Star Museums program began on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, and will end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.
“We are honored to be a part of this important initiative and have the opportunity to enrich the lives of our military personnel and their families with art and nature,” OMAM Executive Director Stephanie Mason-Teague said.
OMAM opened in 1946 with a donation of spiritual oil paintings by artist and decorated World War I veteran Malcolm Fraser.
Two original sculptures honoring veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars are on display in the gardens. OMAM also has commemorative plaques for World War I and World War II.
Since 2010, the museum has provided hundreds of hours of art instruction for veterans through the VA’s Wellness Recovery Program.
In February, OMAM began the Veterans Creative Expression Workshop, which provides veterans and a family member (age 16 or older) an opportunity to explore the museum’s current exhibit and then create an art project.
All veterans are eligible for 100% financial scholarships for any tuition-based classes year-round. The museum, located at 78 E. Granada Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 12-4 p.m. on weekends.