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Free Tickets, Discounts, Community Partnerships, and More! How The Kimmel Gives Back To Philadelphia

Posted by:  Kimmel Cultural Campus on March 18, 2022

The Kimmel Cultural Campus is a non-profit arts organization that positively impacts the greater region and community. As a place for everyone in Philadelphia, guests can find the best in performing arts – from free lunchtime and happy hour performances to the best in Broadway and classical music – on our Cultural Campus. As the second largest performing arts center in the country, operating proudly in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love, we work closely with our producing partners, artists, corporations, and community leaders to provide an array of price points for our guests, including free tickets or deep discounts.

While nearly 25% of the guests that visit the Kimmel Cultural Campus come for free access to events and performances, guests can also buy tickets to world-class Broadway shows for as little as $20 and hear the transformative sounds of The Philadelphia Orchestra for as little as $12.

Want the inside scoop on how to get the most affordable tickets for every show? Follow our few quick tips to save money and time, while never saying no to an excellent performance or experience.

1. Keep your eyes on our Community Rush page.

Each Monday, we list performances happening that week with tickets available for $35 or less! These Rush tickets can be purchased in-person at the Box Office or (new this year) through a convenient Digital Community Rush platform

2. Join our email list!

Receive exclusive, limited time offers, pre-sale opportunities, and invitations to top notch events, while also keeping up with every event on our Cultural Campus.

3. Keep an eye out... around holidays when we have our popular annual flash sales!

Don’t miss the discounts like $31 tickets for Halloween, $25 Holiday tickets, and New Year’s Day when tickets are priced the same as the year (next year $20.23)!

4. Follow us on social media @kimmelculturalcampus

Our social media channels are the best place to catch special offers and Community Rush availability. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

5. Come to a show with a group.

Did you know that groups of 10+ people receive deep discounts for all shows? Gather your family, friends, coworkers, or chosen group, and contact our Group Sales Manager to get the best seats at the lowest prices for your group!

6. Partner with us!

Are you part of a non-profit charity or community organization and want to provide your community with access to the performing arts? Find out how to access ticket donations for your events, how to bring a group, and other ways we can help your organization more on our website.

7. And the biggest tip... There’s always an affordable option.

You don’t have to wait for a sale, rush, or special deal to enjoy affordable tickets. There are seat options that start at just $20 - $40 a ticket for most performances.

We have also pledged on average over $20,000 per year directly to local community organizations, in addition to hundreds of ticket donations used to help non-profits raise money through silent auctions and fundraising events. This year, we’ve pledged over $10,000 in tickets to our season partner Taller Puertrorriqueño, as well as organizations like Art Reach and Hands Up Productions that provide affordability and accessibility to performances through American Sign Language interpretations, the Personal Care Attendants (PCA) Pass, and sensory friendly performances.  

Members of our Kimmel Cultural Campus staff volunteer as “The Three Kings” at Taller Puertorriqueño’s annual Three Kings Celebration, an event that provides gifts to children in the local Puerto Rican community.

Proceeds from ticket sales alone do not fully cover our operating costs. We rely on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to meet our annual goals – which include providing access to the arts for thousands of school children across Philadelphia. This year alone, we have reached more than 30,000 students with arts education programming, where students interact with the arts through free hands-on classes, special student performances, and group discounts for schools.

Students learn how to breakdance with Hip Hop Fundamentals as part of the first annual Creativity Festival, the culminating workshop of our free #PhillyBeatz education program where students learn about hip-hop through electronic music technology.

But it is not just students who are impacted by the Kimmel’s efforts. In 2021 the Kimmel Cultural Campus gifted teachers with $100,000 worth of gift cards (increased from an original $50,000 due to demand), distributing them to local teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week in May. This year, we again invite educators to our Campus as we host over 500 teachers for a performance of the hit Broadway show, Hairspray.

Local elementary teacher, Caitlin, enjoys Hadestown through a free educator ticket.

We welcome all to the Kimmel Cultural Campus, and we hope to see you here, whether at a show or free event, soon. Check out our website for all upcoming events and performances, as well as to learn more about our community partnerships.

And are you looking to join us in giving back to the Philadelphia community? Become a member of the Kimmel Cultural Campus, or make a monetary donation to support our efforts at any time.

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