What is Access to the Arts and How Does it Work?
The purpose of Access to the Arts is to develop young audiences by making the arts affordable and accessible to students, as well as offering special teen programming. The program enables students in middle school, high school, and college between the ages of 13 and 19 to purchase tickets for any affiliated event for only $5 each, unless otherwise noted.

Access to the Arts is patterned after the High 5 Tickets to the Arts which was chartered as an independent, non-profit organization in New York City in 1995. The original idea, conceived by a Styvesant High School junior, was modeled after a student ticket program in Europe. The program has been highly successful in New York City, where thousands of students have taken advantage of the discounted tickets.

How do I join Access to the arts and purchase $5 tickets to cultural events throughout Long Island?

1. Obtain an Access to the Arts ID card
Complete the application form or send your name, address, . Send a copy of your school ID, drivers license, passport, a letter from a teacher, or anything else showing that you are between the ages of 13 and 19. A $10 processing fee is charged for the issuance of a new id card, which expires on your 20th birthday. There is an additional $5 fee for any replacement cards ...

2.  Make your selections
Look through this catalog and choose the shows you want to see and/or the museums you want to visit.

3.  Buy your tickets
Access to the Arts ticket privileges and ticketing procedures vary according to the policies of the individual institutions. They range from one Access to the Arts ticket to up to four tickets per event for only $5 each.  Some events are free or less than $5, so read the catalog carefully.  Advance purchase is permitted at some, but not all venues. Tickets for Tilles Center performances may only be purchased on the same day as the performance, no earlier than 2 hours prior to the event.  If you are interested in a particular event, call the phone number listed next to the event to make sure High 5 tickets are still available.  Then take your High 5 ID card and money to the theater or museum box office. Tickets may ONLY be purchased directly through the venue’s box office or through the Arts Council office.

4.  Confirm the date
Events are always subject to change and/or cancellation, so call the box office the day of the event to confirm the date and time.

5.  Have a great time.

Please note:  Access to the Arts is a privilege, a special ticket discount to introduce teen students to the arts. It is subject to the policies of the individual institutions and may not include every ticket-buying convenience (for example, as at Tilles Center, it covers only same day, in-person sales.)  Tickets must be purchased by the Access to the Arts member with a card and not by parents or anyone else not a member. Tickets may only be used by the teen Access to the Arts member and those accompanying him or her to the event. 

Join Access to the Arts today!

1. Download the application using the link below.
2. Mail to: Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
3. Be sure to include proof of age (a copy of your school ID, driver’s license, report card, passport, letter from a teacher or guidance counselor, or any other document showing that you are between the ages of 13 and 19) and $10 processing fee.
4. Purchase tickets to your favorite performances and exhibits!

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