Holders of EBT cards eligible for free program

As more than 20 Western New York theaters prepare for tonight’s annual Curtain Up! celebration, a Buffalo arts group is launching a program to provide free tickets to theater productions and other arts activities to poor residents.

The Arts Access program, announced today by the Arts Services Initiative, will provide free tickets to events at more than roughly 30 participating cultural organizations to members of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The program, modeled on similar attempts to broaden arts access in Portland, Ore., and Memphis, Tenn., will provide a pass to qualified residents who have an electronic benefit transfer card. That pass can be used for free tickets to theater productions, admission to participating art galleries and other cultural organizations for the cardholder and family members.

By Colin Dabkowski | News Arts Critic |on September 19, 2013 – 7:47 PM

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