Culture Pass Offers Free Arts Experience to Dallas Residents

The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture paired with nearly 30 organizations to provide Dallas residents with free access to cultural events across the city through its new Culture Pass.

Library cardholders receive free admission to participating organizations when they “check out” a ticket at the city’s Culture Pass website. These passes can be used to visit local museums, attend theater, symphony and dance performances, and more.

The Culture Pass gives residents a greater opportunity to discover the array of arts and cultural experiences in Dallas and allows City partner arts organizations to further a common mission to make the arts available and accessible for everyone.

“I am excited that Dallas residents can also now use their library cards to enjoy our city’s rich cultural scene for free,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson.

“Culture Pass is a major step forward for all Dallas residents with a library card,” said Director of Arts and Culture, Jennifer Scripps. “For the first time, this card will allow library cardholders to peruse not just books and materials in the library system but also to scan the offerings at Dallas’ museums and performing arts venues and reserve their tickets. It makes our arts more accessible to all Dallasites! We are delighted that by partnering with the Dallas Public Library, the City of Dallas is able to offer Culture Pass as one of the key initiatives to come out of the 2018 Dallas Cultural Plan.”

The initial launch includes free passes to Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Children’s Theater, Teatro Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Cara Mia Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, the Sixth Floor Museum, Uptown Players and more.

“The Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to participate in the Culture Pass program, reaching new audiences across Dallas and extending the museum’s mission to bring meaningful art experiences into the lives of the community we serve,” said Director of External Affairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center Jill Magnuson,

“Teatro Dallas strives to reach under-served communities and potential new audiences who have not experienced the power of live theater,” said Executive Director of Teatro Dallas Sara Cardona. “Through the branch libraries, Culture Pass Dallas will allow us to reach thousands of new people. It will help arts organizations like Teatro Dallas continue to connect with and inspire new arts lovers.”

“Dallas Theater Center is thrilled to be a part of Culture Pass and share the joy of experiencing live theater with hundreds of thousands of potential new audience members throughout Dallas,” said Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center Kevin Moriarty. “We are honored to partner with the City’s Office of Arts and Culture to expand our ongoing commitment to engage our community with our professional productions and our nationally-recognized Public Works Dallas and Project Discovery programs. Dallas Theater Center is proud to be the theater of, for and by Dallas.”

The program is live, and the passes are available for events through December 2019 and into 2020. An active card number and pin are required.

Visit to learn more about the participating organizations and to browse available offers.

Tanika Turner

Tanika Turner is an editorial intern for People Newspapers, a D Magazine affiliate. She recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in journalism. She is attempting to create a life she loves by taking chances. Most of her time is spent with her husband, two daughters and her cats (Batman and Robin). If her face is not hidden behind the pages of a romance novel she can be found playing in makeup.

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