Act One has brought more than 100,000 students on educational arts field trips in Phoenix and Tucson
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Act One takes more than 100,000 students on arts field trips

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About Act One

Act One is an Arizona-based non-profit organization that  was founded in 2011 to provide lower-income school  children in Maricopa and Pima counties the opportunity  to experience arts performances and exhibitions through field trips to professional theaters and museums. In  Arizona, schools increasingly don’t have funds for  educational arts field trips, and this is especially the  case for Title 1 schools in low-income communities.


Act One takes more than 100,000 students on arts field trips act-one-300x284Act One’s Mission

Act One’s Mission is to provide meaningful arts  experiences that enhance the academic and creative  potential of children and families in Arizona.


Act One Programs

Act One has two programs that make the arts accessible  to more than 436,000 children and families in Arizona.  Its founding program is the Act One Field Trip Program,  which provides educational arts field trips to K-12 students who attend Title 1 schools. Its second program, the Act One Culture Pass Program, allows library cardholders at  54 Arizona libraries the opportunity to check out free passes to 44 arts organizations.

Act One Field Trip Program

Act One partners with Title 1 schools in Maricopa and Pima counties that do not have educational arts field trip  opportunities. To make it easier on already stretched teachers, we organize the entire field trip. The teacher’s role is to prepare the students for what they are about to see and get them on the bus. We try to make it as easy as possible.

  42# of Field Trips   Act One will provide 25,000+

# of Students on   Act One field trips


# of Students Served by Act One field trips Since 2011

Numbers are for the 2015-2016 school year

Act One …

  • Coordinates the field trips with educators/schools and the arts organizations
  • Handles reservations and pays admission costs to the arts venues
  • Coordinates and pays for transportation via district buses or contracted bus services
  • Provides teaching materials to help prepare students for the field trip
  • Provides books to select field trips when they complement the field trip


Schools are responsible for …

  • A $1 program partnership fee per field trip participant
  • Preparing students for the field trip
  • Ensuring that students get on the bus

The full schedule of field trips can be found at

910 E. Osborn Road, Suite C, Phoenix, Arizona 85014  l  602.343.6239  l  l

Act One Culture Pass Program

Act One partners with arts and cultural organizations and libraries throughout the state  to provide the Act One Culture Pass, which gives people the opportunity to experience  arts destinations and performances via free passes that can be “checked out” with a  library card. The Act One Culture Pass offers library cardholders free admission for two  people to participating arts and cultural institutions or theater performances. Library  patrons select the venue or performance of their choice from the display at their local  library, use their library card to check out the pass and use their receipt or a voucher given by the librarian to visit the venue within seven days or reserve their performance tickets.

  54# of Libraries that Participate in the Act One Culture Pass44

# of Arts & Cultural

Organizations that Offer  Tickets via Culture Pass


# of Performances Offered  via Culture Passes


# of Tickets that Annually are Made Available at Libraries

Numbers are for the 2015-2016 fiscal year

Culture Pass Libraries Include:

Apache Junction Public Library (1)            Arizona State University Libraries (4)

Buckeye Public Library (2)                             Desert Foothills Library/Cave Creek (1)

Chandler Public Library (4)                          Glendale Public Library (3) Mesa Public Library (4)                             Peoria Public Library (2)

Phoenix Public Library (17)                           Scottsdale Public Library (5)

Tempe Public Library (1)                               Tolleson Public Library (1)  Pima County Public Library (8)                 Sedona Public Library (1)

Culture Pass Museum Partners Include:

Arcosanti l Arizona Historical Society Museum l Arizona Science Center l Cave

Creek Museum l Challenger Space Center l Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve l

Desert Caballeros Western Museum l Desert Botanical Garden l Halle Heart  

Children’s Museum l Heard Museum l Phoenix Art Museum l Pueblo Grande

Museum l Rosson House Museum l Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art l

Superstition Mountain Museum l Arboretum of Flagstaff l Lowell Observatory l

Pioneer Museum l Route 66 Museum/

Mohave Museum/Bonelli House l Sedona

Heritage Museum l Jewish History Museum l

Tohono Chul l Tucson Botanical Garden l

Tucson Museum of Art l University of Arizona Museum of Art

Culture Pass Performance Partners Include:

Arizona Theatre Company l ASU Gammage l Ballet Arizona l Chandler Center for  the Arts l Childsplay l East Valley Children’s Theatre l Great Arizona Puppet  Theater l Phoenix Chamber Music Society l Phoenix Symphony l Phoenix Theatre l

TheaterWorks l Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts l Arizona Opera l  Tucson Symphony Orchestra l UA Presents l Arizona Repertory Singers  

Data as of 3/10/16

Why do we do what we do? 


Exposure to art as a child makes us more compassionate adults.  Preparing future generations of leaders requires a holistic approach to  education, and the arts are an important component.


Experiencing an artistic performance together diminishes socio-economic barriers, encourages original thought and enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills. Arts experiences help level the educational  playing field.


Artistic experiences should not be optional when it comes to children’s  education. When art is not included in education, generations of adults will not appreciate, visit, support or  understand the positive influence that the arts have on our overall well-being.