SmARTpass is an arts access program that started in 2016 and is open exclusively to metro public library users. I shared information about it then and how you can use your library card for free admission to museums and entertainment in the area.
However, COVID has closed and affected so much, that smARTpass has been on hold for these past several months. But now, they are returning as “smARTpass Reimagined” and in September and October are showcasing eight arts and culture partners that are offering online programs that you can enjoy from home.
Current programs that are available on demand from September 6th – 12th include:
@ Ramsey County Library
The Orchestra will share chamber music performances from a woodwind trio (flute, clarinet and bassoon) and a string trio (violin, viola and cello). You will be introduced to delightful pieces you may not be familiar with by Hugenin, Ibert, Pfeiffer, and Dohnanyi. Sit back and enjoy a program of chamber music sure to bring some joy to your day!
presents “Beowulf” @ Anoka County Library
The company’s John Heimbuch performs a fierce hourlong retelling of BEOWULF, adapted by Charlie Bethel. This is a faithful and accessible version of the classic Old English poem about a warrior king and some famous monsters, modernizing the wit, vigor, and meaty language of the original Anglo-Saxon epic. Content includes descriptions of human/monster violence, akin to The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Recommended for age 10 and up.