Nashville's Frist Center Offers Free Admission on International Museum Day, Armed Forces Day, Now thru 5/19

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission today, May 18, 2012 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day coinciding with International Museum Day, also on May 18. Additionally, the Frist Center will offer free admission to active duty military and veterans and their families on Saturday, May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day.

In 2011, the Frist Center-along with more than 100 other AAMD member museums across North America-participated in International Museum Day. The theme of this year's International Museum Day, "Museums in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Inspirations," invites museums and their visitors to ponder the role of museums in our culture of new media and social responsibility. In keeping with this theme, the Frist Center will encourage visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay in a collective public response.

"AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Frist Center is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences," said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD.

Additionally, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to all service men and women-past and present-and their families on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19, 2012 in recognition of the service, commitment and dedication of those who have served and now serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard.

"We are keenly aware of the sacrifice made by this country's servicemen and women, and it is an honor for us to pay them tribute on our national day of recognition for that service," said Frist Center Executive Director Dr. Susan H. Edwards.

Veterans, active-duty members of the armed forces, reserves and National Guard will be admitted to the Frist Center free of charge from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Visitors need only to identify themselves as veterans or service members to gain free admission and to receive discounted parking.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military service members for their patriotic service in to the country, and on August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. The first Armed Forces Day was celebraTed May 20, 1950.

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