The City of Louisville launched its Cultural Pass Program in 2014 as part of the Vision Louisville Initiative, a 25-year plan that aims to reinvigorate the city culturally and economically. The summer program distributes free passes to Louisville’s art and culture institutions with the aim of fostering creativity and civic engagement in the city’s young people while addressing summer learning loss. The Cultural Pass was greeted with unanticipated enthusiasm: in its first two days, the Louisville Public Library distributed all of the 10,000 passes that they thought would last the summer. The program now distributes 50,000 passes per year and, with the help of an NEH grant, is continuing to overcome the cultural and economic barriers that keep children from being able to visit cultural and art institutions.
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