About Us

About Us


Our Vision: We envision a time when all Arizonans acknowledge the value of creative arts experiences as a significant component of educational advancement and personal well-being. 

Our Mission: Act One's mission is to provide meaningful arts experiences that enhance the academic and creative potential of children and families in Arizona. 

Our History: Act One was founded in 2011 by Russ and Mac Perlich in response to the lack of arts access in Arizona schools. Read our full history here.

Our Board & Staff: Meet our board members and staff here.

Our Programs: Act One opens the doors to Arizona’s arts and cultural performances and destinations through two programs that serve people throughout the state: Field Trips for School Children and the Act One Culture Pass.

Field Trips for School Children

Act One engages students from Title 1 Schools in arts learning opportunities with field trips that engage teachers and students in a lasting and meaningful experience. Teaching materials help enhance the special opportunity of getting out of the classroom and seeing a live performance or exploring a garden or museum.

Please contact us if you know of a school or classroom that would benefit from an arts field trip.

Click here for more information about Field Trips.





Culture Pass 

The Act One Culture Pass offers library cardholders complimentary admission or tickets for two people to a participating cultural destination or a theater performance by “checking out” a pass at their favorite local library. The Culture Pass is available in 48 public libraries across Maricopa County and 11 in Pima County as well as at the Sedona Public Library.

Click here for more information about the Culture Pass.