Nine Pima County arts and cultural venues and the Pima County Public Library are kicking off the Act One Culture Pass in Pima County, providing library cardholders the opportunity to “check out” free passes to arts and culture attractions and performances in Tucson. Additionally, library cardholders can check out passes to several statewide venues. In its first year in Pima County, there will be more than 32,000 free passes available for library cardholders to check out. The metropolitan Tucson program is generously supported by Cox Communications.
The Act One Culture Pass offers library cardholders free admission for two people to participating cultural institutions or theater performances. Library patrons select the venue or performance of their choice from the display at their local library, and they have seven days to visit the venue or reserve their performance tickets.
The program launched to the public at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library on Oct. 1, with seven additional libraries participating in the program by Nov. 15. The other participating Pima County Public Libraries are the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, Joyner-Green Valley Library, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Miller-Golf Links Library, Mission Library, Valencia Library and Woods Memorial Library.
Each library will offer five passes per week to each of the attractions, which include Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Museum of Art and University of Arizona Museum of Art. The Jewish History Museum and Tucson Botanical Gardens will join the program in January 2016 when they are open to general admission. Passes for tickets to Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Theatre Company and UA Presents performances will also be available approximately two weeks prior to the show dates.
An additional 10 venues outside of Pima County including the Superstition Mountain Museum, Challenger Space Center, Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Art Museum will offer two passes per week per library.