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Arts and Culture Organizations Invited to Participate in 2018 Cultural Pass
Groups must submit their interest by February 9

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 25, 2018) – Fund for the Arts in partnership with Metro Louisville, Arts and Culture Alliance, and Louisville Free Public Library invite all Louisville and Southern Indiana arts and cultural organizations to participate in the 2018 Cultural Pass presented by Churchill Downs. Last year, a record 38 arts and cultural institutions provided free access for children and their families. Organizations must complete the interest form via by Friday, February 9.

“The Cultural Pass ensures that our students keep learning, growing, and stay active over summer break,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This is an innovative partnership that transforms our world-class arts and cultural venues into summer classrooms. I’m looking forward to seeing a wide range of diverse offerings from every corner of our community.”

The Cultural Pass provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions for children up to age 21 who reside in Metro Louisville. The Cultural Pass is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions and will be valid from June 1 to August 11, 2018. Created from Vision Louisville in 2014, this innovative initiative promotes art and culture and works to improve summer learning and reading across Greater Louisville. Learn more about the 2018 Cultural Pass presented by Churchill Downs by visiting

“Louisville has tremendous cultural opportunity and Churchill Downs is proud to once again support this initiative that connects our local youth with a multitude of inspiring learning possibilities,” said Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen.

In 2017, Churchill Downs granted their largest single charitable gift to bolster the initiative. In the same year, Fund for the Arts took on an administrative and promotional role that resulted in a 24% increase in total visits as compared to the previous year. Nearly 200,000 passes have been issued since the creation of the Cultural Pass.

“We’re committed to reducing barriers to arts and culture for every child, parent, and citizen in Greater Louisville,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Because of Churchill Downs remarkable investment, we can continue to work with imaginative partners to tear down those barriers and engage thousands during the critical summer months.”

“The Arts and Culture Alliance is thrilled to again join with our partners to provide arts and culture access to our community,” said Kim Baker, Chair of the Arts and Culture Alliance.” Thanks to Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro, our arts and cultural organizations will have the opportunity to serve more people in our community and also receive reimbursement to help with expenses associated with this increased access. This year, we’re hoping to top last year’s record of 38 participating organizations!”

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations, and arts in education. Fund for the Arts leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit

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