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Art-Reach’s ACCESS Admission becomes ACCESS Philly, adding 11 Live Arts Theaters

Published by Kelly McCaughern
August 31st, 2018
ACCESS Philly now welcomes Pennsylvania ACCESS cardholders to experience 45 cultural sites & theaters for just $2!

Art-Reach has worked with Theatre Philadelphia to launch a first-of-its-kind live arts discount in Philadelphia. ACCESS Philly is a public initiative broken down to into two styles of cultural experience: previously existing ACCESS Admission (museums, gardens, historic sites) & new ACCESS Live (live performances at theaters).

ACCESS Cardholders, those Pennsylvania residents who manage their government-issued cash, food, or medical benefits with an EBT card, are invited to visit 45 participating cultural institutions at the deeply discounted rate of $2 per person. One (1) ACCESS Card admits the cardholder and up to three (3) people at a rate of $2 per person.

“ACCESS Philly is a game changer for our region” shares John Orr Executive Director of Art-Reach, adding “not only is this the largest and most widespread discount for the arts in Philadelphia – it’s the first program of its kind in the country.” Leigh Goldenberg, Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia agrees, “We saw the impact that ACCESS was having on museums in our region so it only made sense to expand this to our regional theaters. ACCESS Philly will certainly build a new audiences for live and performing arts, creating a new level of equity for theatre audiences.”

ACCESS Philly has engaged over 400,000 people since its launch in 2014, generating over $800,000 of revenue for participating sites and saving users over $5.3 million. All of those numbers are expected to grow dramatically with the addition of 11 theaters.  To learn more about ACCESS Philly program, and the participating locations click here. 

About Theatre Philadelphia

Founded in 2012, Theatre Philadelphia is a non-profit organization committed to leading efforts that promote the public’s participation in theatre throughout the region, forging stronger connections between art and audiences. Theatre Philadelphia’s programs include the annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, which awards over $75,000 to artists and organizations, and Philly Theatre Week, which highlights over 250 performances over a 10-day period each February. Click here to learn more about Theatre Philadelphia

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