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.
October 04 at 1:00pm
Lincoln Center Presents
American Ballet Theatre
October 20 at 11:00am
Lincoln Center Presents
American Ballet Theatre
October 20 at 1:00pm
October 25 at 1:00pm
Big Umbrella Festival: September 16–18, 2022Big Umbrella Festival centers audiences with autism and other developmental disabilities by sharing unique approaches to sensory-based, interactive, and intimate artistic experiences to meet audiences exactly as they are. Artists, programming, and schedule for this year's Festival coming soon! Learn more »
Lincoln Center Moments: Fall and spring seasonsLincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Facilitated by educators and music therapists, each event explores an artistic work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making. 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.
To ensure emergency evacuation safety, 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.
All Lincoln Center venues have accessible seat locations available. 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
Large print and braille programs are available for most Lincoln Center performances. Inquire with an usher or by visiting the guest services or information desk at your selected 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. Loops are also available at the box office windows, coat check and media wall.
American Sign Language, Captioning and Audio Description
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, captioning, and audio description is available for select performances and events. Visit the event page to learn more about available accommodations. To request accommodations for performances, send requests to the host venue at least three weeks prior to the performance date, or to [email protected] or by phone at 212-875-5375.
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.
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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.
Lincoln Center welcomes young audiences with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families to Big Umbrella Festival, featuring live performances, interactive installations, and digital content—all integrating accessibility and inclusion.
You will have access to all of the below live performances and installations—both timed events and drop-in activities. Please note: the indoor performances have limited capacity and are first-come, first-served.
Check in starts thirty minutes before the first performance, at the Registration Table by the fountain at Josie Robertson Plaza. The entrance is on 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.
Schedule for Saturday, September 17 from 4:00–7:00 pm
Dancing Wheels Company
INDOORS at the Clark Studio Theater
Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the Dancing Wheels Company is recognized as the first and foremost professional physically integrated dance company in America uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. The highly skilled ensemble of stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers will perform energetic dance excerpts, lead teaching demonstrations, and share their own personal stories to explore the diversity of dance, disability, and accessibility and feature works from the company’s diverse repertory.
WeBop Family Jazz Party: New Orleans Jazz Jam
INDOORS at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
Join us for an imaginary trip to the birthplace of jazz as we swing and sway to the joyful sounds of the Big Easy! We’ll parade in a traditional New Orleans “second line”, dance to upbeat tunes like “Happy Feet Blues,” scat sing like the incomparable Louis Armstrong, and much more. Le bon temps roule! This fun, interactive concert will engage the whole family. Let the good times roll and enjoy an afternoon of music, movement, and imagination!
OUTDOORS at Damrosch Park
Omnium Circus was founded on the belief that full inclusion and representation in the arts leads to self-actualization, increased tolerance, and a better society. It's the first comprehensively inclusive and accessible circus performing arts company in the nation, bringing together a diverse cast of extraordinary talent from all over the globe. Multitalented and multi-abled, our stars transport audiences into a world of jaw-dropping spectacle and wonder, motivating them with extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit.
Drop-in activities and installations: Pick and choose from the programming below and explore them on your own time.
OUTDOORS at Josie Robertson Plaza
Installation Design by Bryony Roberts Studio
Softy transforms the main plaza at Lincoln Center into a soft and interactive environment. Responding to the Revson Fountain and circular lines of the plaza, the project introduces colorful outdoor cushions that radiate out from the center, offering a range of social and sensory conditions. The cushions create concentrated areas for play and socializing around the fountain as well as more private areas around the edges for restorative moments, providing a quiet and soothing area away from the crowd.
Word Play by Ecosistema Urbano
OUTDOORS at Hearst Plaza
Hearst Plaza will be transformed into a spontaneous playground by this participatory art installation where by using letters, young people and their families will be able to experiment and create messages sharing their personal thoughts and ideas with the world. This is not only an installation, but also an experience. A way of connecting to those around you and beyond. An interactive activity that engages you physically, and mentally, and artistically. A framework for young people to engage with the arts, express themselves and share their thoughts, dreams and expectations about the future.
OUTDOORS at The Deck at Damrosch Park
Presented in collaboration with Logos Foundation
Pneumaphone is a collection of pneumatically driven soundsculptures: flutes, single reeds, lips, reeds, double reeds, mirlitons, water organs, and bladder membranes make up the individual voice of each pneumaphone. By sitting, lying, rolling or rocking on pillows, participants take part in music-making as the air from the pillows travels through the musical instrument.
Visual Art Stations
OUTDOORS at Hearst Plaza and Damrosch Park
Create your own artwork based on inspiration from nature and the world around us at one of our visual arts stations guided by Lincoln Center teaching artists. You can choose to display your creations at our Big Umbrella Gallery for the weekend or take them home with you. The visual arts stations will be accessible to all ages and abilities and will be available throughout the festival.
Pre-Scribble Family Workshop
OUTDOORS at Josie Robertson Plaza
Inspired by Bluelaces Theater Company’s Scribble, Lincoln Center teaching artists will facilitate an interactive pre-performance workshop for all ages and abilities. Please join us for a joyful, accessible art-making experience.
INDOORS at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Bluelaces Theater Company, Emily Bruner & Leigh Poulos (Project Leads/Co - Directors)
Join us at the David Rubenstein Atrium for an inclusive intergenerational dance party and let loose with friends—old and new. Inside Scribble, our Doodle Masters will populate the walls with imagery inspired by you as our DJs spin a mix of your requests. Scribble is a celebration of connection, self-expression, and the universal language of art. Come make your mark!
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