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Here is what the FaithAction House-issued ID cards look like. Cardholders can now get discounts from eight local arts groups.

GREENSBORO — Eight local arts organizations have agreed to provide special discounts to holders of identification cards issued by FaithAction International House.

The additional benefits have been made possible by a $10,000 innovation grant awarded by ArtsGreensboro, and financed by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

FaithAction established the ID card program in 2013, after discussions among Greensboro’s diverse newcomer community, city officials and law enforcement officials.

The program provides identification for any Greensboro resident who may not have access to government-issued forms of ID.

More than 7,000 people from more than 40 countries are FaithAction ID cardholders. The program has inspired similar programs in Cincinnati and Houston.

Recognizing the arts’ ability to build bridges, FaithAction approached ArtsGreensboro about expanding the focus of the FaithAction ID card to include arts organizations.

The grant will enable FaithAction to hire a part-time staffer to build and run the cultural arts portion of the program, said Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, ArtsGreensboro deputy director.

By offering a special benefit to ID cardholders, organizations extend a welcome to new neighbors and build more diverse audiences for their own programs.

FaithAction ID cultural arts partners and their offers for cardholders are:

  • Center for Visual Artists: 10 percent off on all arts programming.
  • Community Theatre of Greensboro: Buy one ticket, get one free for all main stage and youth productions.
  • Elsewhere: Free admission.
  • GreenHill: One free family pass and/or one annual household membership for $25.
  • Greensboro Ballet: $5 off dance-class registration fee.
  • Music Academy of North Carolina: Registration fees waived for fall, spring and summer classes.
  • Touring Theatre of North Carolina: Two tickets for the price of one for all theater productions.
  • UNC-Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum: $35 family membership and/or $15 individual membership rate. Non-English tours available upon request.

FaithAction staff member and ID cardholder Dulce Ortiz expressed appreciation.

“By supporting the FaithAction ID program, these organizations are saying they want me, my family and my community to be part of their programs,” Ortiz said in a news release.

“It is a very clear invitation to make us feel welcome — especially at a time when many of us hear the opposite across the country,” Ortiz added. “We’ve never had a family membership to a museum and rarely have seen live theater. These new partnerships will give my family the opportunity to explore our imaginations together and offer freedom of creative expression to my three kids. We are very grateful for these new partnerships, and are proud to live and belong in Greensboro.”

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at (336) 373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.