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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 1 to August 11.  Created from Vision Louisville, the Cultural Pass is an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in our community. The 2018 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library. NEW this year, additional underwriting for Southern Indiana & Bullitt County families to participate in the 2018 Cultural Pass is made possible by the Bales Foundation, Duke Energy, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, and Beam Suntory, in partnership with the Jeffersonville Township Library, New Albany Floyd County Library and Bullitt County Public Library. Nearly 200,000 passes have been issued since its 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 Greater Louisville’s art and cultural institutions.

Key Objectives:

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

The 2018 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 2018 Cultural Pass is available starting June 1, 2018 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 9 at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and all participating venues will be invited to participate.  Pass holders are encouraged to visit as many venues as you are able.  Pass holders that visit the most venues will be entered into a drawing for tickets, season passes and other prizes provided by members of the Arts and Culture Alliance.