- Department of Transitional Assistance
Media Contact for First Lady Lauren Baker Joins Mass Cultural Council and Department of Transitional Assistance to Highlight Card to Culture Program at Boston Children’s Museum
Brooke Karanovich, Director of Communications, Department of Transitional Assistance
Boston — Today, Massachusetts’ First Lady Lauren Baker joined Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker at the Boston Children’s Museum and Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Commissioner Jeff McCue, to highlight the Card to Culture program. The program offers discounted admissions to museums and cultural institutions to low-income children and families throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2017, the program has provided over 258,000 free or discounted admissions to residents receiving public assistance.
“Every child in the Commonwealth deserves to have the best childhood possible and that includes access to the educational and cultural enrichment experiences that the Card to Culture program offers,” said First Lady Lauren Baker. “I look forward to working with Commissioner McCue, Director Walker and all of the groups participating in this exceptional opportunity to build upon the program’s prior success and continue helping children across Massachusetts.”
In 2012, the Boston Children’s Museum began offering discounted admission to all Massachusetts residents with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. It was this initiative that sparked the creation of the Card to Culture program in 2017 through a partnership with DTA and the Mass Cultural Council. Museums and cultural institutions organizations voluntarily enroll in the program and families show their EBT card to receive the discounted admission. There are currently 161 organizations across the state participating in the program.
DTA assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in eight residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.
“Today’s event is a reflection of the great work happening in the Commonwealth through partnerships and collaboration,” said DTA Commissioner Jeff McCue. “Through collaboration, the Department of Transitional Assistance is able to deliver additional social services to our clients, as well as ‘wraparound supports’. We’re thrilled the program has taken off and that our clients from families with young children to older adults are accessing cultural organizations all around the state.”
“Mass Cultural Council envisions a Commonwealth where culture is inclusive, accessible, and embraces our diversity,” said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. “The EBT Card to Culture program is an important step toward achieving that vision in concert with our wonderful partners in the cultural community. We are excited to be launching the second year of this successful program.”
A full listing of organizations participating in the Card to Culture program can be found on www.mass.gov/CardtoCulture.