ASI’s Arts Access program aims to break the barriers of inaccessibility to the region’s arts and culture sector, which are often money, transportation, and knowledge of events. We partner with local theaters, galleries, and other arts and culture organizations to offer free or reduced-cost opportunities to low-income Western New York residents and their families. ASI envisions a region where anyone can engage with the arts.

How does the program work?​

Arts Access pass-holders can receive two tickets for themselves and a guest to attend live music, theater performances, literary readings, and other events in Western New York. It’s as simple as calling the presenting organization to reserve two tickets in advance.

Examples of participating organizations include:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Artpark
  • Buffalo Arts Studio
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Carnegie Art Center
  • Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum
  • Irish Classical Theatre Co.
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center

… and many, many more!

Certain restrictions, such as age requirements for children, specification of advance notice, and amount of admissions per month, may apply and vary from organization to organization. We advise pass-holders to contact the presenting organization ahead of time to inquire into restrictions.

Through Arts Access, we also offer free transportation to arts and cultural institutions within and around Erie and Niagara Counties. Shuttles typically hold up to 12 people and can accommodate wheelchairs. For more information about how to request tickets or transportation, visit the Arts Access website or contact Alana at

How do I register?

To be eligible for the program and receive an Arts Access pass, you must currently be receiving income-based public assistance (SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF) and present an active benefit card when signing up. Note: Medicare is no longer accepted as a viable form of NYS benefits for this program as it is not distributed based on income.

Registration forms are available at sites throughout Western New York. Once you register, a welcome packet will be sent to your home address, which will include your Arts Access pass, information about the program, and a list of participating organizations that offer Arts Access tickets. Passes expire every year on August 31 and must be renewed by filling out a new application.

To register for Arts Access or renew a pass, contact Alana at