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


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