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Appleton Museum of Art extends free admission for community heroes

The Appleton Museum of Art at the College of Central Florida has extended its Community Heroes Free Admission Program.

From left, Jason Steuber, director of the Appleton Museum of Art; Victoria Billig, assistant director of the museum; Ocala Fire Rescue Capt. Jules Bouckhuyt; Capt. Anthony Ortiz; firefighter Dave Osteen; Chief Shane Alexander; Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations at College of Central Florida; and Dr. Jim Henningsen, president of College of Central Florida.

Through the end of this year, Florida’s first responders, health care professionals and educators can enjoy free admission to the Appleton Museum of Art as a “thank you” for their leadership, lifesaving work and heartfelt dedication to keeping communities safe.

Effective immediately, the following professions are encouraged and welcome to visit the Appleton for free by showing their official work ID to be part of the Appleton’s Community Heroes Free Admission Program: law enforcement, firefighter, EMT, 911 operators, as well as health care, hospital and hospice professionals, and K-12, college and university instructors.

“Our community heroes on a daily basis share their will to be strong and courageous with everyone, even though one may not know their names,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “We call them heroes since we harvest the fruits of their sacrifice and work.”

Appleton Director Jason Steuber said, “Since 1987, the Appleton has been a community partner. Honoring our Florida and Marion County heroes is part of our everyday lives.”

Other free-admission categories at the Appleton include veterans and active-duty military; CF faculty, staff and students; children 5 and under; and Appleton members.

Those with reciprocal memberships from other museums through Southeastern Museums Conference and North American Reciprocal Membership programs also receive free entry to the Appleton.

A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala, east of downtown on State Road 40. Parking is free. For more information, call (352) 291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

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