Universal Participation Initiative

In accordance with The Umbrella’s commitment to the principle of Universal Participation and mission to make arts accessible to all, we offer tuition assistance opportunities of up to 50% off classes and workshops for persons in need. We are proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. 

Applicants may request tuition assistance confidentially using our Arts Education application form.

Applicants who are current cardholders of the following current MA State-benefits cards automatically qualify for tuition assistance for art classes and workshops, subject to space availability; tuition will vary, and some materials fees excluded. (All gallery exhibitions, receptions, and open houses are free.) 

___ EBT Card (Bay State Access Electronic Benefits Transfer Card)
___ WIC Card (Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition Program Program)
___ ConnectorCare Card (Health Insurance with ConnectorCare Plan)

Awards are made first-come, first-served on a rolling deadline, subject to space availability. Application processing may take a week or more from the time of submission, so please plan accordingly. For questions, please contact Jason Springer at education@theumbrellaarts.org.

The Umbrella Stage Company offers EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders sliding scale "pay what you can" pricing on theater performances, subject to seating availability, by contacting the Box Office at 978-371-0820 x209 .