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Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2009 5:20 pm | Updated: 2:10 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Bought something in Mesa lately? If so, dig out those receipts. The city launches a program Monday that will reward shoppers from any Valley city for purchases made in Mesa.

It’s called “Shop Mesa, Get the Arts,” and it gives you vouchers, called Mesa Bucks, that can be used to purchase tickets and admission to Mesa arts and cultural attractions.

Like the free Culture Passes recently made available by Valley libraries, the program provides one more way for consumers to keep from hunkering down at home during lean economic times.

“The whole idea of the program is to embrace your community. If you live or work here, you’re probably shopping here anyway, and now you can put some of that money you’re already spending toward getting to see a really great show or go to a great museum,” says Sarah Moran, spokeswoman for Mesa Arts Center.

Here’s how the program works:

1. Bring receipts from purchases made in Mesa to the Mesa Arts Center Box Office. It doesn’t matter what you buy or where you buy it, so long as the receipt reflects a store with a Mesa address and the sales tax on the receipt amounts to at least $3.

2. The box office will accept receipts with a sales tax value of $3 and more. It will match the sales tax amount, up to $200, in vouchers called Mesa Bucks. You can add up the sales tax on multiple receipts until you reach $200, or bring in a receipt for a big-ticket item, like a car, and earn $200 on a single receipt.

There is no limit to how many times you can earn up to $200 in Mesa Bucks.

3. Use your Mesa Bucks to purchase tickets to select shows at Mesa Arts Center or for admission at Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona Museum for Youth and Mesa Contemporary Arts.

For each ticket you wish to buy with Mesa bucks, you must purchase one with real currency. Mesa Bucks must cover the cost of the second ticket or admission; partial payment with Mesa Bucks and another means of payment will not be accepted.

The program will accept receipts backdated from April 1, 2009. Consumers will be able to earn Mesa Bucks through June 31, 2010. Mesa Bucks can be used through December 2010.

Mesa Arts Center plans to introduce a Mesa Bucks logo to its Web site this summer. The logo will indicate which shows can be purchased with Mesa Bucks. For now, staff at the box office can tell you which shows are available with Mesa Bucks.

For details on the program, contact Mesa Arts Center Box Office at (480) 644-6500 or

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