artsplusThe Arts Council for Long Beach has created a brand new program in an effort to encourage art and food enthusiasts to combine their passion for both.

Whether you’re dining before a night at the Long Beach Symphony or stopping by the Museum of Latin American Art before lunch at Utopia, the Arts Council wants to marry seeing and eating in a way that highlights the City’s culture.

Victoria Bryan, Executive Director of Arts Council for Long Beach, explained, “With the sheer number of arts events in Long Beach on any given day, it can be difficult for patrons to know about everything on the arts calendar! The ARTS+ Card offers a curated sampling of arts events, which we hope may entice audience members to expand their arts participation.”

“The ARTS+ Card increases cross pollination among diverse arts organizations and promotes fun arts and dining combinations for a night out on the town,” Bryan continued.

This first distribution of the Arts+ Card can be used from April 1 to June 7 of which the cards can be picked up at any of the participating art organizations or the Arts Council for Long Beach office at 350 Elm Ave. starting April 1. Participants must attend two or more art-centric events to receive a hole punch on their card. After two punches you get a discount card that can be used at two restaurants, after three punches, you receive another discount that gives you incentives, such as a free meal add-on, at two other restaurants.

After you have attended a fourth event and received a fourth hole punch, you will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing, of which the winner will receive a year-long Long Beach arts and cultural bonanza (including an overnight stay at the Queen Mary), offered through the generosity of the Arts+ Card partners and sponsors, Utopia, Thai District, La Strada, Berlin Bistro and Portfolio as well as The Queen Mary and The Aquarium of the Pacific. More restaurants will be added in the near future.

Participating arts organizations for April and May will be the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, International City Theatre, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach Symphony, Museum of Latin American Art, Musical Theatre West and University Art Museum.

“We know that the process of engaging with the arts is beyond just a performance or gallery, but focuses on the total experience. The ARTS+ Card enhances this and creates incentives to enjoy more of the creativity Long Beach has to offer,” concluded Bryan.

For more information about Arts+ Card, visit the Arts Council for Long Beach website here. For a list of upcoming arts events you can use the card at, click here.

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Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].