I hope I’m not the one to break this news to you for the first time, but anyway, brace yourself. There you have it – being a student is crazy expensive. Here we are, thrown into the real world for the first time. We start paying rent and taxes in addition to having to buy our own food. Aside from all that junk, tuition costs just a few pennies, less than a trillion dollars. This absolutely wild scenario calls for action from us, the student body. Is it time to rise up en masse and overthrow the broken and expensive education system? Of course not. Rather, it’s time to learn how to make the most of what University of Utah students get for free. Buckle up again because I’m about to blow your mind with the Arts Pass.
Arts Pass is a program provided by the U that allows its students free or mostly free access to all kinds of arts content both on and off campus. Plays, screenings, ballets, musicals, art installations – you want it, you got it. And all because you’re a U student, you get access to everything you need to enrich your life with the arts.
Your Arts Pass gives you free access to all art and art history department exhibitions and guest lectures, all film and media arts screenings and events, all theater production departments and discounts on all Pioneer Theater Company productions. For the most part, any arts event you hear about on campus will most likely have a free or discounted option for students with an Arts Pass.
How do I use it?
Now that free access must seem daunting. There are certainly countless hoops to jump through if you want to take a bite out of this juicy deal. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Positively no hoops visible. Your Arts Pass is attached directly to your UCard. Just hand your UCard to the ticket dispenser and you’re good to go. Even better, you can usually use your UCard to buy tickets in advance. When buying tickets online, be sure to check for the Arts Pass option when it comes to paying. You’ll need to enter your uID, then boom, free tickets.
The Arts Pass can be used as many times as you like during your time as a U student, and there is no limit to the number of events you can attend.
Why should I care?
You’re probably already convinced to go out and consume art. If you don’t feel that excitement and need an extra boost, I’m sure to give you one.
The arts organized by the U are truly beautiful. Every time I’ve attended, I’ve been impressed by the sheer production value of these events. Sometimes the shows themselves can be hit or miss, but I’ve never once regretted attending. The passion emanating from the people who perform is intoxicating. It creates a sense of community and really makes you feel part of the U family.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t highlight the buildings that the Arts Pass provides access to. Gittins Gallery, Kingsbury Hall and Pioneer Theater are world-class venues that bring you right into the arts. They provide perfect settings and amazing atmosphere for their respective events.
The positive impacts the arts can have on your life, both as a student and as an individual, are countless. They provide inspiration, escape and a greater appreciation for humanity. An evening at the opera, theater or ballet clears our palette and recharges our minds. There’s simply no reason not to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities Arts Pass provides.
If you want to stick with the man and do different things for free, if you want to get the most out of your university experience or if you just want to take in the fresh air that the arts provide, then the Arts Pass is for you.
More information is available on the Arts Pass website. You can also follow the Arts Pass Instagram, where you’ll get up-to-date information on how to best take advantage of this spectacular resource.