LOUISVILLE, KY – Children and students can visit some of
the region's greatest cultural organizations for free this summer, thanks to
the creation of the new Cultural Pass for Children that was suggested during
the Vision Louisville initiative, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
The pass, a collaboration between Metro Government and
cultural partners to address the importance of arts education in Louisville,
admits one child/student (ages 0 through college) to attractions as diverse as
the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to the Kentucky Derby Museum to Yew Dell
Gardens. If the child is under 16, one parent or guardian is also admitted.
Children who get their pass stamped by at least
eight different institutions this summer will be eligible for a grand prize, a
family package of tickets to the Lion King Broadway musical, coming in March
2015 and donated by Broadway Across America. There is also a draw for first
prize, Mayor Fischer's suite at Louisville Slugger Field for one game.
The pass was one of the 80,000 ideas that citizens
submitted last year as part of the Vision Louisville initiative, in which
residents envisioned how the city should look, feel and flow over the next 30
years. University of Louisville Professor Nat Irvin and his creativity team of
Vision Louisville suggested the idea for the pass.
"We know that children who are exposed to the arts
and cultural events do better in school -- and better in life," Fischer said.
"This pass is a great way for parents to take their children to our city's top
attractions all for free -- and a perfect way to combat summer learning loss."
Children and parents can pick up a pass (a punch
card) from their local Louisville Free Public Library branch or Metro Parks
Community Center starting June 9. The pass is good through August 13.
The pass allows general admission access to one
child and chaperon (if the child is under 16). Only one visit per pass per
institution will be allowed. Special exhibits and programs are not included
with the pass.
Participating arts group and organizations
Printing House for the Blind Museum
Center for Art & History
House - Asia Institute
Museum of Art and Craft
One Family Theatre
Other organizations are likely to be added before
the first passes are available on June 9.
The Cultural Pass was the joint planning work of
Vision Louisville and officials from Actor's Theatre, The Kentucky Center, The
Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Greater Louisville Inc.
Arts and Cultural Committee.