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Pick up your FREE Cultural Pass at any Louisville Free Public Library Branch or Metro Community Center. Be sure to include #CulturalPass to your social media posts!



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The Cultural Pass provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions for children of Metro Louisville.  The Pass is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions and is valid from June 3 to August 12.  Created from Vision Louisville, the Cultural Pass is an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in our community.  The 2017 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Louisville Free Public Library.  More than 150,000 passes have been issued since the program’s inception in 2014.

The Vision of the Cultural Pass:

A Cultural Pass for children of all ages that supports and encourages life-long learning by providing access to Louisville’s art and cultural institutions.

Key Objectives:

  • Negate summer learning loss by creating a learning experience through programming, activities and education.
  • Establish a life-long relationship between Louisville’s children and the art and cultural institutions.
  • Work to address barriers that may prohibit children from accessing the city’s art and cultural venues.

The 2017 Cultural Pass is daily managed by the Fund for the Arts and overseen by a Coordinating Committee, comprised of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library and the Fund for the Arts.  The Education/Collaboration Committee of the ACA serves as an advisory committee providing feedback, ideas and suggestions.

The 2017 Cultural Pass is available starting May 22, 2017 and may be picked up at any Louisville Free Public Library branch along with the Summer Reading Program.  Pass holders can register and track the progress of your Cultural Pass online at  The official Cultural Pass Launch Day will be on June 3 at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and all participating venues will be invited to participate.


Pass holders with five or more visits will be automatically be entered into a drawing for tickets, season passes and other prizes provided by members of the Arts and Culture Alliance:

  • Free Sunday Night Hotel Stay at 21C
  • Two tickets to The Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre
  • Family Membership to Bernheim Forest, the Frazier History Museum, Gheens Science Hall and Planetarium, the Kentucky Science Center and the Speed Art Musem
  • Underground Railroad DVD’s from the Carnegie Center
  • Two “Golden Tickets” for any Commonwealth Theatre Mainstage Production
  • A cookie basket from the Girl Scouts
  • A family pass to Locust Grove’s 18th Century Market Fair in October
  • Six tickets to the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • A pair of tickets to Looking for Lilith Theatre Company’s season productions
  • Four tickets to the Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker
  • Four tickets to the Louisville Youth Choir’s annual Christmas concert
  • Two passes to the Louisville Zoo
  • Two passes to the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
  • Ten tickets to the Old Louisville Victorian Tales of Terror Tour
  • Two tickets to a Kentucky Center presents concert
  • A family weaving activity for four
  • And more……