“Employees of Penn Medicine and Drexel University will gain special access to events at several of the city’s arts and culture groups under a pilot program,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (5/8) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Philadelphia Cultural Pass will provide free tickets to any of the roughly 40,000 Penn Medicine and 6,800 Drexel employees working full-time or more than half-time, said Ralph W. Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System…. The program, he said, would evolve to include more partners, but at the moment the supporting institutions are Penn Medicine and Drexel, which will provide operating funds to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Kimmel Center. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is also a partner…. In addition to individuals taking advantage of the free tickets, Muller said he expected special events would bring organized employee groups to participating arts and culture venues. Muller … is also on the board of the Philadelphia Orchestra…. Orchestra president Matías Tarnopolsky said that he hoped the program would gain new sponsors, as well as more arts-groups participants. ‘The better the access to the arts, the better it is for all of us,’ he said.”

Posted May 14, 2019