Louisville’s Cultural Pass, Summer Reading and other summer learning opportunities for youth, teenagers continues

School is almost out for the summer, and Mayor Greg Fischer is reminding parents and caregivers that there are plenty of fun, low-cost, or free learning opportunities available for Louisville area students of all ages over the next three months.

During a news conference at the Main Library, Mayor Greg Fischer and partner organizations outlined a number of programs designed to keep kids engaged and prevent summer learning loss, including the Louisville Free Public Library’s Summer Reading program and the 2019 Cultural Pass presented by Churchill Downs in partnership with Metro Louisville, the Free Public Library, the Arts and Culture Alliance, and Fund for the Arts.

“We’re a city of lifelong learning and that means we’re a city of year-round learning,” said Mayor Fischer. “With our Summer Reading Program, Cultural Pass and other programs, families have plenty of fun options this summer to keep kids’ minds active so they’re prepared for success in school and beyond.”

In celebration of both the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Cultural Pass, the Mayor announced the Main Library will host the Summer Reading Kickoff and Cultural Pass Showcase on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will offer a host of activities, performances, and crafts featuring twenty members of the Arts and Culture Alliance. Participating groups will include the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Shakespeare, and more. For more information, please visit LFPL.org/Kids or call (502) 574-1620.

The Cultural Pass supports and encourages lifelong learning by providing free access to more than 50 of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions for children and young adults to age 21. The Pass is valid from June 1 to August 10 for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions.

This year, residents in four surrounding counties—New Albany/Floyd County, Charlestown/Clark County, Jeffersonville Township, Harrison County, and Bullitt County—will also be eligible to participate in the 2019 Cultural Pass through their public libraries. Southern Indiana residents are eligible for the Cultural Pass thanks to support from Bales Foundation, Duke Energy, and Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.

“Our community is fortunate to have one of the most unique initiatives across the country to fight summer learning loss,” said Tonya Abeln, Director of Community Relations for Churchill Downs, Inc. “Churchill Downs is proud to continue supporting arts and cultural experiences that make our city stronger.”

“This Cultural Pass is a passport for Greater Louisville kids and families to unlock boundless creativity at our world-class arts and cultural institutions,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to our donors and partners who make this one-of-a-kind initiative possible. This is a critical investment for our region that allows kids to learn, play, and grow all summer long.”

The 2019 Cultural Pass and Summer Reading Program materials are available beginning June 1 at any Louisville Free Public Library branch. Pass holders can register and track the progress of their Cultural Pass online at LFPL.org/culturalpass and are encouraged to visit as many venues as they are able during the summer. Children with five or more documented visits will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes.

“Educators often spend the first six weeks of a new school year re-teaching skills that students learned in the previous grade before they can move on to new material” said A. Dale Josey, Chair of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “The Alliance leverages the collaborative power of the region’s arts and culture sector to counteract learning loss by keeping young minds active and engaged in the many summer activities available via the Cultural Pass. We appreciate this opportunity to harness our collective talents to host ‘fun’ arts and culture learning opportunities to somewhat minimize summer brain drain.”

To learn more about the Cultural Pass, please visit fundforthearts.org/culturalpass.

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