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Boston University Arts & Sciences
CAS News March 7, 2013
BU Arts Initiative: Affordable Culture at BU and Beyond

Greater Boston is known for being a rich cultural environment, but rich in this case doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. BU students are eligible for free or steeply discounted access to a number of fantastic arts organizations and events both on and off campus.

Please share this good news with your undergraduate and graduate students. Don’t let them miss out on great arts events at BU and in Boston because they think they can’t afford them. Better still, consider how these free and low-cost events might be used to add greater depth to your courses by encouraging students to attend events with a connection to your curriculum.

The following is just a sampling of free or discounted events taking place right now:


Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card , normally $25, at no cost. BSO College Cards must be presented in combination with a BU ID at the Symphony Hall box office on the day of the performance to receive a ticket. To receive a BSO College Card, students, faculty, and staff only need to show their BU ID. You can pick up your BSO card in three locations: the Activities Information desk at theGeorge Sherman Union; the Dean’s Office at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, Room 230; and at the BU Arts Initiative office in the Provost’s Office (8th Floor), One Silber Way.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts are also free—just present your BU ID at the entrance.

The Photographic Resource Center (right on campus) presents thought-provoking exhibitions, distinctive education programs, wide-ranging resources, and unique special events. Admission is free with a BU ID.

Nearly every event by the College of Fine Arts and many in the Tsai Performance Center are free with a BU ID. Check their calendars for details.


Enjoy new theatre at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (on the BU campus), an award-winning professional theater dedicated to new works, where tickets are $10 for BU students.

Rush tickets to performances of the Boston Ballet are $20 (cash only) to full-time college students with a valid ID. All attendees must be present with identification at time of purchase.

Half-price tickets to all kinds of art offerings are available at Bostix booths in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. You can more find information about arts and cultural events in Boston at ArtsBoston.

For more information about these and other coming cultural attractions, visit BU Arts Initiative.

Get daily arts updates at the BU Arts Initiative Facebook page, on Twitter at@BUArtsInitiativ (no e), or by signing up for the BU Arts Initiative weekly newsletter.

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