EVM joins 'Museums for All' program, expands access to low-income families
NORFOLK, Neb. -- A northeast Nebraska museum has joined an access program for low-income families.
The Elkhorn Valley Museum in Norfolk announced last Wednesday they are the newest members of the "Museums for All" program.
"It's a program that allows people who benefit from SNAP EBT to access museums for your discounted rate," said Libby McKay, EVM executive director.
Children under the age of 19 receive free access and while tickets for adults 19 years and older cost $3.
Six museums in Nebraska are a part of the program.
McKay said that 16% of Norfolk residents live at or below the poverty line.
She believes that with help from the program, the museum can become more accessible to those in need.
"We are really trying to live out this community-centered vision that we have, so one of the things that we look at that is accessibility," McKay said. "This is a way to open up that door of accessibility to families and to people who maybe feel like the museum is off limits or out of reach for them or for their kids."
For those that haven't been to the museum, McKay gave News Channel Nebraska a preview of what attendees can expect when they come to the museum.
"It gives that opportunity for connecting to where we live, connecting to our cultural heritage, connecting to history and the different people that have gone on to do great things," she said.
In addition to their normal exhibits, the museum is holding a new exhibit titled "The Curiosities From The Collection" and is in the process of putting together an exhibit about Norfolk banks.
For more information about the Museums for All program or to see if a museum near you is participating, visit this link.