University of Chicago students are now able to use their student ID to gain access to a wide variety of visual arts, theater, dance, and film centers across the city. The program, which debuted over the summer, offers students the opportunity to receive free or reduced admission to a number of cultural institutions across Chicago, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Second City, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
From the University of Chicago press release:
The Arts Pass program encourages students to engage in the artistic life of the city by removing some of the barriers that prevent them from experiencing Chicago’s rich performing and visual arts culture.
“We want students to have as much knowledge of contemporary culture in the city, as they do the classical culture that they’re learning in the University setting,” said Theaster Gates, Director of Arts Programming in the Provost’s Office. “If they come to Chicago and leave without having a cultural experience then it’s our fault. It’s my personal fault.”