Thanksgiving Point Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families
Lehi— Thanksgiving Point (www.thanksgivingpoint.org) announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The Museums for All program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting any of the five (5) Thanksgiving Point venues for a minimal fee of $2 per person, up to six people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 400 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of Thanksgiving Point’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 400 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 48 states.
“Many institutions are required to offer free or extremely discounted admission as part of public funding,” explained Mike Washburn, president and CEO of Thanksgiving Point, “$2 admission is something we’ve done because we think it’s the right thing to do. Thanksgiving Point does not receive ZAP or RAP public funding but strives to create similar discounted opportunities to welcome all by lowering admission for those in need.”
Since 2009, Thanksgiving Point has hosted $2 Tuesdays during the month of August. This tradition has brought hundreds of thousands of guests that otherwise might have missed the educational and interactive experiences of Thanksgiving Point. Extending this offer year-round through the Museums for All group will increase the number of people able to enjoy transformative family learning for years to come.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.
About Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a farm, garden, and museum that are collectively dedicated to providing opportunities for transformative family learning and fostering an environment where positive, meaningful experiences naturally happen. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than two million annual visitors from all 50 states and around the world. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. For more information, call 801-768-2300 or visit thanksgivingpoint.org.