Arts For All


Wendy Red Star, 2010

Buy $5 tickets to many of the best arts & culture events in the region!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Who can buy $5 Tickets?
A. Anyone who gets food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card.

Q. Is the Arts for All program available throughout the state of Oregon?
A. Most participating arts organizations are in the tri-county area. Currently, we have participating arts organizations in Lane, Yamhill, Hood, and Columbia counties.

Q. How many tickets can I buy for $5 each?
A. Two per Oregon Trail Card, but ask the group if you can buy more.

Q. Where do I get $5 tickets?
A. Contact the arts organization or group. They will tell you where and when you can buy $5 tickets. They are listed on    this page.

Q. How do I buy the tickets?
A. You must present your Oregon Trail Card  or other form of proof at the time of purchase . You can only pay with cash or credit card.

Q. Which events have $5 tickets?
A. Some of our arts partners have specific events that are part of the Arts for All program. Others offer discounts for all of their events. Check with the individual group (see right) to find out when their concerts are and if $5 tickets are available for what you want to attend.

Q. I don’t have an Oregon Trail Card or other form of proof. Are there other discounts available?
A. Check out our listing of other free and reduced-price admission opportunities with dozens of arts organizations; visit Some of these participating arts organizations also have a sliding scale and often children are free. Feel free to reach out to

In the News

Art for All Offers $5 Performances for Oregon Trail Card Holders
By Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury | October 11, 2011

Oregon Children’s Theatre, 31 other groups expand Music For All into Arts for All
By David Stabler, The Oregonian | October 3, 2011

Music for All makes classical music, ballet accessible to low-income Oregonians
By David Stabler, The Oregonian | January 4, 2011

The Origins of Arts for All

In January of 2011, twelve of Portland’s classical music organizations, operating under the auspices of Go Classical PDX convened by All Classical 89.9, announced a pilot project called “Music for All” offering $5.00 tickets to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) card holders.  Preliminary numbers for the six-month pilot program totaled 1,410 tickets used.  Initial seed money for printing of promotional materials was provided by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Work for Art and the City of Portland. Plans immediately began to include additional arts organizations in the next iteration of the program and to expand it beyond classical music. The result, “Arts for All” was launched on October 3, 2011. In 2022, RACC assumed the outreach and engagement efforts to expand the program with the support of Friends of Chamber Music, Pat Z. RACC will continue to uphold the vision of access to the arts for all, as the founders intended, and will seek to broaden community knowledge of this program.

More Information

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