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.
Relaxed PerformancesWe 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 ArtsDesigned 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 MomentsLincoln 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 »
Accessibility at our resident organizations
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. 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. A range of accommodations is provided for all performances, no request necessary.
Accessible Entrances and Seating
All Lincoln Center venues have accessible entrances, accessible seat locations and accessible restrooms. To reach the Josie Robertson Plaza, take the ramp adjacent to the main staircase along Columbus Avenue, or the elevator by the Lincoln Center Theater on 65th street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Wheelchair accessible locations are available for all Lincoln Center performances. Wheelchair loans may also be requested at most venues.
At most venues, ushers will check mobility devices when patrons reach their seats, and will return devices upon request, during breaks in the performance, and at the performance end.
Most accommodation and purchasing queries can be addressed by box office personnel at the theater you are visiting, by online ticketing directly from the presenter’s website, or by contacting Lincoln Center’s Guest Experience line at 212-875-5456.
Large Print & Braille Programs
For Lincoln Center Presents events with programs, alternate format in braille and large print are available. Inquire with an usher or by visiting the guest services desk upon arrival at the venue.
Service animals are welcome at Lincoln Center.
Assistive Listening Systems
Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops are available for all amplified performances. In addition, David Geffen Hall, the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater are equipped with induction loops. David Geffen Hall also has loops available at the box office windows, coat check and media wall.
Access Concierge Service
As part of our continued commitment to making Lincoln Center accessible and inclusive, we are excited to offer a new service to our guests who request additional assistance. Access Reps, trained to support guests with disabilities, provide 1:1 support for individual guests and their party.
Guests attending performances at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse or any outdoor venues may request in advance:
• An Access Rep to meet them upon arrival on campus, escort them throughout the performance space and assist them with any of their requested accommodations. Access Reps can supply and push guests in a wheelchair, provide sighted guide technique, or simply escort and assist.
• Check in at intermission, see if the guest needs anything, answer questions/receive feedback
• Assistance with departure from the performance venue
Inquire about this service when purchasing a ticket through the Lincoln Center Box Office or CenterCharge. Guests who already have their tickets can email [email protected] for further information.
Accommodations at Select Performances
The following accommodations are available at select performances and events. Guests can visit the Lincoln Center Presents calendar, select “Filters”, then “Accommodations” to find upcoming events with American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, and captioning. Check each individual event page to learn more about available accommodations.
We recognize that the list below is not exhaustive and that accommodations are never a “one size fits all” solution. Please contact the Access Team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 212-875-5375 to discuss your specific access needs or accommodations so that we may explore other accommodations we may be able to offer. While there is no deadline for notice, please reach out as soon as you know that you plan to attend a program so that we may have enough time to identify the best options to fill your request.
American Sign Language
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation communicates the spoken word and sounds of an event into the visual-gestural language used by the Deaf+ and signing communities.
Captioning displays text for all spoken words, lyrics and sounds in real time.
• Closed Captioning (CC) is available to view on personal phones or devices, via a QR code. Note you must bring your own device connected to wifi to access live captions.
• Open Captioning (OC) displays text on stage, viewable to audiences without use of a device.
Audio description provides live description through receivers and headsets so that guests who are blind or have low vision can fully participate in the experience.
Access Programming Series
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.
To learn more about Passport to the Arts, you can visit our web page.
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.
To learn more about Lincoln Center Moments, you can visit our web page.
Relaxed Performances are open to all, but designed for people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. The artistic integrity of the piece remains unchanged, however modifications to social and sensory environment may be made. 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.
For more information about upcoming relaxed performances, please visit our Relaxed Performances web page.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Lincoln Center’s campus is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Campus Map and Accessible Entrances Download Here »
Arriving by Subway
The nearest accessible subway stations are the West 66th Street station (1 train) and the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station (A, B, C, D, or 1 trains).
For Jazz at Lincoln Center performances, take the A, B, C, D or 1 trains to 59th Street-Columbus Circle.
Arriving by Bus
The M5, M7, M10, M11, and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of Lincoln Center campus and Jazz at Lincoln Center. All MTA New York City buses are equipped with ramps.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Guests can be picked-up/dropped-off on public streets according to traffic signage. However, there are also several designated areas for your convenience.
The Jaffe Drive pick-up and drop-off area is located on Columbus Avenue at West 65th Street. Enter from Broadway (southbound traffic). The clearance for vehicle drop off is nine feet. Access from concourse level for the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center Theater, and the parking garage. Take elevators up to plaza level for Josie Robertson Plaza (Revson Fountain), David H. Koch Theater, David Geffen Hall, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Claire Tow Theater.
Access-A-Ride is a public transit service operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority for people with disabilities. For more information, visit their website. Designated Access-A-Ride stop located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue between west 63rd and West 65th Streets)
For David Geffen Hall, David H. Koch Theater, and Josie Robertson Plaza: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue between West 63rd and West 65th Streets)
For the David Rubenstein Atrium: 1881 Broadway
For the Metropolitan Opera House and Concourse: Access-A-Ride is unable to go onto the Concourse level where accessible entrances for these venues are located. To access these venues, call Access-A-Ride bookings 24 to 48 hours prior to the trip and speak to a supervisor.
For The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: 111 Amsterdam Avenue between West 64th and West 65th Streets
Lincoln Center’s Main Campus Parking is open 24/7 and can be accessed from 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, at the corner of 63rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, or on 65th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway (this entrance is open everyday 7:00 AM – Midnight). Designated accessible parking spaces are located in the yellow section of the garage and accessible from any garage entrance.
Access from the concourse level for:
• Metropolitan Opera House
• Lincoln Center Theater
Take elevators up to plaza level for:
• Josie Robertson Plaza (Revson Fountain)
• David Geffen Hall
• David H. Koch Theater
• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
• Claire Tow Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Central Parking Systems Garage is located at 345 West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
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Big Umbrella Festival
Lincoln Center believes the arts are for everyone! Each year, we welcome neurodivergent audiences and their families to a free series of programming at Big Umbrella Festival. Launched in 2018, the Big Umbrella Festival centers audiences with autism and other developmental disabilities by sharing unique approaches to multi-sensory, interactive, and intimate artistic experiences to meet audiences exactly as they are. These campus-wide events feature performances, installations, workshops, and online content designed with and for neurodiverse audiences.
All events are Relaxed Performances, designed to be inclusive for guests with a range of sensory needs. We encourage guests to engage with events at their comfort level, in a supportive environment. Accommodations often include:
• Visual Guide, in English and Spanish, detailing directions, arrival instructions, and venue amenities with images
• All events are located on accessible routes and include accessible entrances, restrooms, and seating
• Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops are available at all performances
• American Sign Language interpretation is available for select performances and upon request
• Captioning is available for some performances and upon request
• Audio description is available upon request
• Chill out spaces are available, as well as noise-reducing headphones and fidgets at all event spaces
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Thanks to Our Supporters
Major support for Big Umbrella Festival is provided by Esme Usdan and James Snyder and by public funds facilitated by New York City Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative