Culture Pass to bring free arts experiences to Dallas library cardholders

Culture Pass to bring free arts experiences to Dallas library cardholders

A new City partnership is bringing you free access to cultural evens across Dallas.

The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture and the Dallas Public Library have created Culture Pass. Culture Pass gives Dallas library cardholders free admission to participating organizations when they “checkout” a ticket at Library cardholders can use these free passes to visit local museums or attend theater, symphony, dance performances and more.

“I grew up going to Dallas public libraries, and I have long been impressed with the system’s offerings of books, movies and engaging arts programs,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “I am excited that Dallas residents can also now use their library cards to enjoy our city’s rich cultural scene for free.”

In Dallas, the initial launch selection includes free passes to Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Children’s Theater, Teatro Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Cara Mia Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, the Sixth Floor Museum, Uptown Players and more.

“Culture Pass is a major step forward for all Dallas residents with a library card,” said Director of Arts and Culture, Jennifer Scripps. “For the first time, this card will allow library cardholders to peruse not just books and materials in the library system but also to scan the offerings at Dallas’ museums and performing arts venues and reserve their tickets. It makes our arts more accessible to all Dallasites! We are delighted that by partnering with the Dallas Public Library, the City of Dallas is able to offer Culture Pass as one of the key initiatives to come out of the 2018 Dallas Cultural Plan.”

Culture Pass Dallas gives residents greater opportunity to discover the array of arts and cultural experiences in Dallas and also helps City partner arts organizations further a common mission to make the arts available and accessible for everyone.

“Dallas Theater Center is thrilled to be a part of Culture Pass and share the joy of experiencing live theater with hundreds of thousands of potential new audience members throughout Dallas,” said Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center Kevin Moriarty. “We are honored to partner with the City’s Office of Arts and Culture to expand our ongoing commitment to engage our community with our professional productions and our nationally recognized Public Works Dallas and Project Discovery programs. Dallas Theater Center is proud to be the theater of, for and by Dallas.”

Culture Pass is a perk for library cardholders available in other markets nationwide, including the greater New York City area, Phoenix and Minneapolis. In Dallas, the initial launch selection includes free passes to Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Children’s Theater, special exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art and more.

“Culture Pass increases the value of the library card offered by Dallas Public Library by connecting patrons to new cultural experiences,” said Director of Libraries Jo Giudice. “Many contemporary artists first experienced art at their libraries. This is a way for us to continue and expand that experience.”

Culture Pass is live with passes available for events through December 2019 and into 2020. Current cardholders can visit to learn more about the participating organizations and browse available offers. Additional organizations and offers will continue to be added. An active card number and pin is required.

A Dallas Public Library card is free to Dallas residents, City of Dallas employees and Dallas public school students and teachers. Visit to find the nearest library location.

More remarks from partners regarding Culture Pass:

“The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to participate in the Culture Pass program, reaching new audiences across Dallas and extending the museum’s mission to bring meaningful art experiences into the lives of the community we serve,” said Director of External Affairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center Jill Magnuson,

“Teatro Dallas strives to reach under-served communities and potential new audiences who have not experienced the power of live theater,” said Executive Director of Teatro Dallas Sara Cardona. “Through the branch libraries, Culture Pass Dallas will allow us to reach thousands of new people. It will help arts organizations like Teatro Dallas continue to connect with and inspire new arts lovers.”

Written with, Roxana Rubio

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