Access to the arts for everyone in our community is at the heart of our mission. We’re proud to offer the following financial assistance programs to eligible schools.
The Evert Person Bus Fund
The Evert Person Bus Fund offers financial awards to offset the rising cost of transportation. Since its inception in 2003, our Bus Fund has awarded more than 480 grants to 120 schools, helping more than 40,000 students with the cost of transportation to one of our School Shows!
Qualifying Title One schools, determined by the state to be most in need of assistance, receive the maximum award. This program is made possible by a generous contribution made by Mrs. Evert Person and the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation.
Funds are limited, apply today!
Bus Fund Criteria
To qualify, you must purchase the minimum number of tickets specified, make full payment by the performance date, and attend the performance.
$100 Award Purchase 25-39 tickets
$125 Award Purchase 40-59 tickets
$150 Award Purchase 60 or more tickets* *Title One Schools qualify for a $150 award by purchasing 25 or more tickets.
After your application is submitted, we will confirm receipt of your request via email. One Bus Fund request is allowed per School Show order. Grants are awarded in the fall and spring and authorized monthly within those time periods. If your request is granted, you will receive a confirmation letter via mail and an award check will be sent following the performance. Funds are mailed via check approximately 10 days following the show. Awards are distributed based on need. Funds are not dispersed until after the performance(s) provided show invoice is paid in full and attendance is confirmed. Awards may vary depending on program funding.
Distributing more than 17,000 Free and Reduced Price Tickets Each Year!
As part of our commitment to accessibility, we offer Evert Person’s ArtReach, a free- and reduced-priced ticket program. Students participating in the National Lunch Program receive an automatic discount on seats to School Show performances and, in addition, these groups automatically receive free tickets for teachers and chaperones (one free ticket for each 10 student tickets purchased). These ArtReach benefits can be requested directly on the School Shows order form.
Schools needing further assistance to attend a School Show performance should apply for a scholarship using the button below. Full ArtReach ticket Scholarships are limited and may not be available for all performances.
Teachers may also apply for scholarships to attend our Professional Development workshops. Through our partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, we focus on standards-based arts integrated lessons that teachers can take immediately back to ttheir classrooms. Full ArtReach scholarships for Professional Development are limited and may not be available for all workshops.
Once we receive your application, we will confirm receipt of your request via email. If your request is granted, you will receive confirmation via mail.
This program is made possible by a generous contribution from Mrs. Evert Person and the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation.
about Evert Person’s ArtReach for School Shows, please email Chrystie Prokopakis or call us at 707.800.7504.
Evert Person’s ArtReach for Public Performances
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 Kaila Finch or call 707.800.7556.