Massachusetts EBT Card Holders Receive $3 Admission Per Person for up to Four People
BOSTON, MA (November 18, 2013)—On November 18, 2013, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will begin offering discounted admission to Massachusetts residents who present Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at the Museum’s ticketing desks. While the Museum is always free for children aged 17 and under, parents who might find admission cost a barrier for their family visit may now receive up to four $3 tickets with an EBT card. The MFA does not process EBT transactions, and accepts only cash for these transactions. Offered in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), the discount allows residents to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available at the Museum, including free activities such as MFA Playdates for toddlers and School Vacation Week Adventures. With this new program, the MFA is able to provide a rich cultural experience for all families across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“Making art accessible is key to our mission,” said Malcolm Rogers, the MFA’s Ann and Graham Gund Director. “By providing this discount, we hope to give more families the opportunity to experience all the MFA has to offer––including a variety of educational and art-making activities, and of course, the chance to be inspired by the many treasures on display throughout our galleries.”
Administered by the DTA, EBT cards assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs, increasing incomes and improving quality of life. One in seven residents across the Commonwealth rely on EBT cards to receive access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP (formerly the Food Stamps Program), making it a critical resource for families in need. As a leading cultural institution dedicated to serving children from all walks of life, the MFA’s partnership with the DTA furthers its commitment to fostering strong community ties, while also encouraging engagement with parents who may have felt that the admission cost was a barrier to visiting the Museum in the past.
“The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is a cultural and educational treasure and this partnership provides an incredible opportunity for the families we serve to access one of the finest museums in the country,” said Stacey Monahan, Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. “Expanding educational opportunities for children and families across the Commonwealth has been a top priority for the Patrick Administration and DTA is excited that the state’s most vulnerable residents will be able take advantage of all the great programs and experiences the museum has to offer.”
In addition to free admission for children under 17, the MFA offers a number of programs that enhance the Museum experience for kids of all ages. Family Activity Totes offer a kid-friendly way to tour the Museum and include a variety of gallery activities, a sketchpad and colored pencils for children ages 4 and up. Drawing in the Galleries is a popular program offered on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and is free for both children and adults. Art Connections cards, available in English and Spanish, are themed activity sheets that take parents and kids on an adventure as they search the galleries for images ranging from Dogs and Dragons to Arms and Armor. Hands-on educational programming at the Museum includes Beyond The Spectrum, which serves children ages 8-12 on the autism spectrum, along with an array of programs for diverse communities including the Teen Arts Council, a paid apprenticeship program for high school students, and Feeling for Form, which serves blind and low-vision visitors. The MFA offers free admission for active-duty military families year-round as part of the Blue Star Program, in addition to offering free admission to the public on three yearly community open house holidays. On Wednesdays after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution.
Drawing in the Galleries and Art Connections cards are made possible by The Lowell Institute.
The Access programs are funded by Bank of America. With additional support from The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation; The Lowell Institute; and the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
Teen Arts Council is funded by the Yawkey Foundations, the Pamela D. and Robert W. Adams Fund, the Dorothy B. and Owen W. Robbins Teen Arts Council Fund, the Dean Welfare Trust, the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Endowment for the Teen Arts Council, and the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation. With special thanks to Richard and Priscilla Hunt for their generous support. Sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 450,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The MFA’s multi-media guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit mfa.org or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.