Outreach Programs

Expanding access to arts programs is essential to TCAN’s mission.


We believe the arts are crucial to creating a healthy community. An essential element of our mission is to increase opportunities for everyone to experience, participate in, and learn about the arts.

TCAN works to fulfill this mission by offering shared artistic experiences that connect people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We strive to support the work of local artists, and offer programs to expand access to cultural programming.

Outreach Programs

A Smile in Every Seat

The Smile in Every Seat Program provides free access to TCAN’s programming for economically disadvantaged people and families in Natick and surrounding communities. Free tickets are distributed to local service councils and not-for-profit organizations serving disadvantaged children, families, and the elderly enabling them to attend concerts, family series performances, classical music events, and theater performances.

To inquire about scholarships for educational programs or to obtain ticket vouchers for an upcoming performance, please contact our following partner organizations:

South Middlesex Opportunity Council
300 Howard St
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 872-4853

Natick Service Council
2 Webster St
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 655-1791

United Way of TriCounty
46 Park Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Card to Culture Program

TCAN is proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, in collaboration with Mass Cultural Council, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector. We join with over 350 cultural organizations in this endeavor to make the power of culture accessible to a wider range of Massachusetts residents, by offering free or discounted admission to arts programs. 


TCAN’s participation in the Card to Culture program now allows Massachusetts residents with EBT, WIC or ConnectorCare cards to receive a 50% discount on tickets for these TCAN arts programs, subject to ticket availability:

  • All regular movie screenings
  • Community theater productions
  • Family series concerts and events
  • Classical music concerts


EBT, WIC and ConnectorCare cardholders must present their EBT card to the TCAN Box Office to receive the Card to Culture discount.  These cardholders may purchase a maximum of 4 tickets per card, per event for these selected programs. EBT tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold or given as gifts. 

Ticket availability is limited – please call the Box Office at (508) 647-0097 to confirm tickets are still available before purchasing.

See the full list of participating organizations offering EBTWIC and ConnectorCare discounts.

Community Partners

Many community organizations depend on TCAN to provide a professional performing arts venue for programming and fundraising events that support a diverse variety of nonprofit missions.

These partners include:

  • Recitals and Performances
    • Camp Woodtrail
    • Kevin Fortunato, percussion teacher
    • Morse Institute Library
    • Natick High School, Music Department
    • Natick Parks and Recreation Department
    • Opera Del West
    • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    • Tim Roper, piano teacher
    • Tobin School
    • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
    • Wildflower, Inc
  • Fundraisers
    • Allegro School of Music
    • Bacon Free Library
    • Five Crows Gallery and Handcrafted Gifts
    • Friends of Natick High Football
    • Natick High School, Speech Team
    • Wild Lens Inc.
  • Community Events
    • Massachusetts Cultural Council
    • MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
    • Natick Center Associates
    • Natick Education Foundation

Ticket Donation Requests

The Center for Arts in Natick is proud to support the wonderful work of non-profit organizations within the MetroWest region by donating tickets for a variety of benefit and fundraising events.  

Due to the high number of requests we receive, ticket donations are on a first come, first served basis and limited to availability. TCAN reserves the right to decline requests from agencies whose activities or philosophies conflict with the mission of TCAN.

Program Eligibility
•    Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations only
•    MetroWest-based organizations preferred
•    TCAN reserves the right to deny requests at its discretion
•    No ticket exchanges permitted
•    Organizations are requested to recognize TCAN’s donation at event by name and logo
•    No tickets mailed – tickets may be picked up at 14 Summer Street, Natick

Please complete the order form below at least 6 weeks prior to your organization’s event for full consideration.

Ticket Donation Request

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NO TICKETS MAILED. Please provide six weeks lead-time for donation requests. Tickets must be picked up at the TCAN Box Office.
TCAN is unable to donate to for-profit institutions, events benefiting a single person or family, or political organizations.

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