Lincoln Center’s approach to accessibility mirrors our commitment to transform performing arts spaces to be more inclusive of our audiences’ identities and access needs by design, not as an afterthought or add-on. As part of our wider commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we recognize that access needs must be integrated in the creative process, that the work on our stages reflects our differences and interconnectedness, and that we are creating a space where everyone feels welcome.

April 14 - All Day

Kids, Teens, and Families
Big Umbrella Festival

Big Umbrella Festival Weekend

Lincoln Center Presents

April 14 - All Day

Full-campus experience

Big Umbrella Festival returns to welcome neurodiverse audiences and their families for a weekend of programming on April 12–14!

April 14 - All Day

Kids, Teens, and Families

Architects of Air's Daedalum

Lincoln Center Presents

April 14 - All Day

Damrosch Park

Bring the whole family to experience a gigantic, whimsical labyrinth for three weeks at Damrosch Park.

April 14 at 11:00 am

Big Umbrella Festival
Kids, Teens, and Families

TREE: A World in Itself

By Théâtre Motus

Lincoln Center Presents

April 14 at 11:00 am

Samuel Rehearsal Studio

TREE: A World in Itself is a multi-sensory, interactive universe enveloped in soft light, music, and silence; created for neurodiverse audiences.

April 14 at 12:30 pm

Big Umbrella Festival
Kids, Teens, and Families

Playful Tiger

Lincoln Center Presents

April 14 at 12:30 pm

Clark Studio Theater

A sensory, inclusive dance-theatre performance made especially for and with neurodiverse young people aged 7 and up.

Access Ambassadors

Access Ambassadors is designed to support career readiness skills for students with disabilities. Through weekly lessons and on-site shifts at Lincoln Center, students learn concrete job skills through real-world experience supporting guests. Access Ambassadors share their experience at Lincoln Center's work-based learning program here »

Access programs

Relaxed Performances

We welcome guests to come as they are and be their full selves at Lincoln Center. Open to all, but designed for people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities, relaxed performances offer modifications to social and sensory environments. This structure can also be beneficial for people who are neurodivergent, families with young children and anyone who finds traditional performance protocols do not work for their needs. Learn more »

Passport to the Arts

Designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families, Passport to the Arts provides a welcoming, accessible, and cost-free introduction to the performing arts at Lincoln Center. Families are invited to attend performances, interactive workshops, and virtual events from resident organizations across Lincoln Center. Learn more »

Lincoln Center Moments

Lincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting with in-person and virtual creative events. This program is free of charge and registration is required. Learn more »

Verbal description and touch tours

Designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision to explore an artwork through touch and discussion. Contact [email protected].

Big Umbrella Festival returns April 12–14, 2024

We welcome kids, teens, and young adults for a weekend of programming, designed with and for neurodiverse audiences. Save the date »

Helpful resources

Accessibility at our resident organizations

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The nation's premier chamber music organization, presenting innovative programming and an international roster of artists, both in New York City and on tour around the world. Accessibility »

Film at Lincoln Center

Celebrating cinema from around the world, supporting new filmmakers, and enhancing awareness and understanding of the art form among a diverse film-going audience since 1969. Accessibility »

Lincoln Center Theater

One of New York's favorite not-for-profit theaters, with Broadway productions at the Vivian Beaumont, off-Broadway productions at the Mitzi E. Newhouse, and new theater for new audiences at the Claire Tow. Accessibility »

New York City Ballet

Founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of nearly 100 dancers and an unparalleled repertory of modern masterpieces. Accessibility »

New York Philharmonic

Revitalizing the orchestral experience through the highest caliber of performances of the great music of the past and today, and through evolving educational programs, touring, and media initiatives. Accessibility »

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Home to one of the most extensive archival and circulating collections in its field, the Library for the Performing Arts offers free programs, exhibitions, and more. Accessibility »

The Metropolitan Opera

Home to the greatest artists in opera, the Met presents more than 200 performances each season and transmits 10 productions to movie theaters worldwide as part of the acclaimed Live in HD series. Accessibility »