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Big Umbrella Festival 2018

About Big Umbrella

The Big Umbrella Festival is the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families, launching during Autism Awareness Month in April 2018. The festival is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center Education’s longtime commitment to making art accessible in all forms to diverse audiences. Thoughtfully curated with their unique needs in mind, Big Umbrella’s core objective is to enrich the lives of children on the autism spectrum through inclusive art that engages, educates, and inspires. Spanning April 10 to May 6, 2018, the festival will include three original interactive theater productions made for your family, as well as relaxed performances across the Lincoln Center campus. It will also feature a symposium and professional development opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and presenters interested in this work, with the aim of bringing the community together around the topic of neurodiversity.


Interested in a Big Umbrella Festival experience for your school? 
Up and Away, Light Show, Oddysea, and Brady Rymer will be presenting weekday school performances from April 10 to May 4 at Lincoln Center. Light Show and Oddysea will also be presented in Queens for school groups across the city in partnership with the Queens Theatre. Please e-mail [email protected] or call 212.875.5377 for more information.

Thanks to Our Supporters

Major support provided by Betty and John Levin, Ann and Thomas Unterberg, and The Taft Foundation.
Additional support provided by the Abraham and Mildred Goldstein Charitable Trust, The FAR Fund, Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and John H. and Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust

This program is made possible by public funds facilitated by the following

New York City Council's Autism Awareness Initiative
The Honorable Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
The Honorable Corey Johnson, Speaker, New York City Council
The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Speaker, New York City Council
The Honorable Diana Ayala, New York City Council, Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction
The Honorable Andrew Cohen, New York City Council, Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Disability Services

Official Partners of Lincoln Center

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center
Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center
New York-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
Artist catering provided by Zabar's and