Summer for the City

Our Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusion

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.

Accommodations upon request is one approach to eliminating barriers to participation at performances. As part of Lincoln Center’s 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.

We seek to create a more inclusive experience for our audiences by providing a range of accommodations for all performances, no request necessary. Accommodations for Summer for the City performances will include, as applicable:

• Accessible seating, with companion seats and designated aisle seats
• Accessible entrances to all outdoor venues
• Accessible, gender-neutral restroom on 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus, as well as accessible gendered restrooms near the Damrosch bandshell and the Concourse level, beneath the Plaza
• FM Assistive Listening Devices with headsets and neck loops for all amplified performances
• Alternative to standing in line for entry by checking in at the Friends and Family entrance between the Koch Building and Damrosch Park 30 minutes before doors open for performances.
• Noise-reducing headphones, earplugs and fidgets to borrow
• Chill Out Space in Damrosch Park, offering reduced noise, crowds and visual stimulation, for guests to take a break and reenter when they’re ready
• Visual directions, describing arrival instructions for neurodiverse communities, are available online
• Signage at entrance and online to note strobe effects, if applicable
• Guests able to enter and leave venue as needed throughout performance, as capacity allows
• Staff trained in inclusive practices


In addition to the list above, select events will include:

• Live captioning, displaying text of all spoken words and sounds to provide access to Deaf, hard-of-hearing and neurodiverse communities, in English on personal handheld devices

• American Sign Language interpretation

• Audio description, sharing the visual elements for people who are blind or have low vision, over single earpiece receiver

• Live guided verbal description tours for guests who are blind or have low vision


We recognize that the list above is not exhaustive and that accommodations are never a “one size fits all” solution. Please contact the Access Team by email [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.