Research shows children who study the arts are four times more likely to achieve academically. Yet, state budget cuts have reduced school arts programs and made it difficult for many schools to send their students to valuable off-campus programs. One of the biggest obstacles is the high cost of bus transportation. The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Bus Fund is designed to help. The fund provides school grants to help pay the cost of bus transportation to the Center’s education programs. Qualifying Title One schools, determined by the state to be most in need of assistance, receive the maximum award.
Bus Fund Criteria
To qualify, you must purchase the minimum number of tickets specified and make full payment within 30 days of placing your order.
- $75 Award Purchase 25-39 tickets
- $100 Award Purchase 40-59 tickets
- $125 Award Purchase 60 or more tickets*
*Title One Schools qualify for a $125 award by purchasing 25 or more tickets and making full payment within 30 days of placing the order.
Please send your request to busfund at wellsfargocenterarts.org
Include your name, school name, title of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts School Show you will be attending, and your school’s Title One status. If approved, you will receive a confirmation letter. The award check will be sent following the show.
The Bus Fund is made possible by a generous contribution made in memory of Evert Person.
Providing Joy at Little or No Cost
10,000 Free and Reduced Price Tickets a Year!
The truth is, not everyone can afford to participate in the arts. Yet music, dance, and theater are at the heart of every society, bringing joy to our lives and providing one of our most effective means for understanding and communication.
At Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, we believe even those who cannot afford the cost should have the opportunity to participate in the arts. This is the belief behind the Center’s ArtReach program, which provides free and reduced-price tickets to low-income residents in our community.
Through ArtReach, thousands of students who participate in the National School Lunch Program receive reduced-price tickets, allowing them to experience school shows along with the rest of their classmates. Additionally, we work with local service groups to provide free tickets for children and adults in our community who cannot afford to attend a show.
Apply for ArtReach Funds
Schools and Teachers
ArtReach tickets are made available to students participating in the National Lunch Program. In addition, teachers and chaperones receive free tickets (one free ticket for each 10 tickets purchased). Teachers, please see your Education Through the Arts order form to request ArtReach benefits.
Non-profit service providers who work with low-income and underserved children and adults in our community may also request ArtReach tickets for public performances. Please email Jennifer Mendoza or call 707.800.7556.
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