A program of our 501(c)3 Utah Cultural Alliance Foundation, Free Night of Culture (formerly Free Night of Art) is an annual ticket distribution aimed at exposing new audiences and under-represented audiences to the cultural industry in Utah.
We coordinate with cultural groups to distribute free event tickets and admissions to patrons experiencing socio-economic hardship or other barriers to access meaningful cultural engagement during National Art & Humanities Month. In 2019, 849 patrons participated in Free Night of Art which was a significant increase from the 522 participants in 2018. This year, the Utah Arts & Cultural Coalition will again partner with local service organizations to expand the ticket distribution system from a lottery to a process ensuring tickets are received directly by low-income community members, especially children. Partners in Salt Lake County include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake and YWCA of Utah. We are expanding Free Night of Art once again to become Free Night of Culture, adding museums, humanities, history, and heritage to the offerings. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Free Night is postponed to Spring 2021.
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