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Brooklyn, New York, and Queens Public Library Systems’ Culture Pass Initiative Launches New Digital Season Presenting Nearly 70 Virtual Programs


Available Free of Charge to Children and Adults Runs Through June 30, 2021

Available Free of Charge to Children and Adults Runs Through June 30, 2021

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the New York Public Library (NYPL, serving Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island), and Queens Public Library (QPL) today announced that their joint initiative Culture Pass – a citywide library program created in 2018 providing free access to library cardholders to cultural institutions across the five boroughs – will present a new season of virtual arts and cultural programming in partnership with nearly 40 museums and arts organizations.

The virtual programs are available free of charge to all library card holders and include activities, talks and performances for all ages, with an array of programs in Spanish, French, and Mandarin—and range from a sneak peek at the upcoming Morgan Library and Museum exhibition entitled She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia; to a talk with XU Tiantian, one of China’s most innovative architects presented by the China Institute; an exploration of music, art and protest presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center; and a look at Queens as a center of aviation with the Queens Historical Society.

While many museums and cultural institutions’ physical locations have limited access due to COVID-19, this library-led initiative provides the public with an array of new digital programs for children and adults that can be accessed from anywhere with the click of a mouse. Upon registiging, participants will be provided a direct access link on the day of the event.

To date, Culture Pass has provided more than 116,000 free passes to museums, gardens, historical societies, performance venues, and other cultural institutions. Through this new digital initiative, Culture Pass is providing arts programming from New York City’s most distinguished cultural institutions free of charge to people everywhere.

The list of Culture Pass institutional partners and the schedule of digital programming follows below. For more details on Culture Pass, registration links, and to access passes, please visit culturepass.nyc.

Culture Pass is made possible through generous funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Charles H. Revson Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For a complete list of programs, please download the press release PDF.