Card to Culture

Arlington Cultural District invites businesses to join innovative program.

Arlington, MA, August 27, 2018 –

Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio is pleased to announce its participation in the Mass Cultural Council’s Card To Culture, a program designed to make access to the arts accessible and affordable to individuals and families receiving transitional assistance from the commonwealth.

“Card to Culture fits perfectly with our mission to make it easy for people to have hands-on art experiences,” says Artbeat’s owner, Jan Whitted. With Card To Culture, families with EBT cards can make sand paintings in Artbeat’s Creative Adventures Studio for only $5 per person, a $10discount over the regular price. "Sand painting is a tactile art experience that can be enjoyed and mastered by all ages, from 3 years old to adult,” says Whitted. “Families with EBT cards can bring up to four people to have this unique art experience at the reduced price.”

Artbeat is the first of Arlington’s many cultural organizations to participate in the Card To Culture program. Over 150 organizations statewide have signed up to offer free or discounted access to their cultural events and venues. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Dept. of Transitional Assistance (DTA) are promoting these cultural opportunities to the one in eight Massachusetts residents who are served by DTA. “Our goal in the cultural district is to broaden cultural awareness and increase attendance at cultural events,” says Andrea Nicolay, Director of Libraries who also coordinates the Arlington Cultural District Managing Partnership. “It is important to invite and retain the socioeconomic diversity that enriches any community. Often, cultural activities are the first to be sacrificed when budgets are stretched. Card To Culture makes it possible for more families to enjoy our cultural offerings.”

The Arlington Cultural District Managing Partnership encourages all businesses in Arlington, both for-profit and not-for-profit, to find ways to engage in the program. Businesses can find more information posted on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website, arlcc.org , and can sign up at www.mass.gov/cardtoculture .

Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio (www.artbeatonline.com) is located at 212A Mass Ave, near the Capitol Theatre. The Arlington Cultural District spans a walkable stretch along Massachusetts Avenue from East Arlington’s Capitol Square to the Civic Block in Arlington Center; more information can be found at http://artsarlington.org/cultural-district/