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Arts for Everyone is ECA’s $2 ticket program for low-income school groups, families and older adults. With the objective to increase access to the performing arts for young people, the program was established in 2014.
Over 2,500 students attend Education Matinees each year through the Arts for Everyone program. Eligibility for these reduced-price tickets is based on a school's overall percentage of students on Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs, or other demonstrated financial need.
To participate, teachers are invited to apply on a by-performance basis. Priority will be given to schools with 30% or higher of students on Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs and homeschool families demonstrating need. Allocation of Arts for Everyone tickets is at ECA’s discretion based on level of need, the order in which groups apply, and past awards in the given school year. Teachers will be notified of whether they have received Arts for Everyone tickets two months in advance of each performance.
ECA offers Arts for Everyone tickets to low-income families and older adults attending Saturday Matinee performances. These patrons:
Arts for Everyone is made possible with generous support from the Hazel Miller Foundation and Nancy Bittner.
One of the challenges many schools face in attending an Education Matinee is transportation costs. Thanks to our generous funder, the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, aka "Aunt Bette", ECA is able to help schools and community groups face that challenge.
ECA provides transportation funding on a first-come, first-served basis for schools demonstrating need. Approved applicants will be provided a transportation subsidy of up to $250, subject to availability. Teachers will be notified of their award amount two months prior to the performance, and reimbursed after attendance based on final receipts. Each school is responsible for submitting the necessary paperwork for reimbursement.
ECA Partners with TeenTix to provide teenagers between the ages of 13-19 tickets to our performances. Interested teenagers must sign up for a FREE TeenTix Pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show (& often advanced!) tickets to any of ECA’s perfomrances. For more information, please visit How To Use Your TeenTix Pass | TeenTix
Ready to bring your school or group to an Education Matinee? Please fill out the Matinee Ticket Information Form and we will get back to you with next steps.
For questions regarding Arts Access Programs, please contact Nick Williamson, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.