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. 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 are available at all venues. Higher weight capacity armed chairs with 30” seat pan and up to 500 lb weight limit are available at Damrosch Park, The Dance Floor, Hearst Plaza, and The Underground at Jaffe Drive. Ask staff for assistance to identify chairs that meet your needs upon arrival
  • Accessible entrances to all venues
  • All gender restrooms with accessible stalls in David Geffen Hall and in the David Rubinstein Atrium, on 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus, as well as gendered restrooms with accessible stalls near the Damrosch bandshell and the Concourse level, beneath the Plaza
  • FM Assistive Listening Devices with headsets and neck loops for all amplified performances. Hearing loop installed in the Wu Tsai Theater, Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio and Music Box, as well as the Welcome Center Box Office, coat check and bars in David Geffen Hall
  • Alternative to standing in line for entry. Check individual event pages and venue pages for details.
  • Tactile Map of Lincoln Center’s campus, designed by Tactile Studio, in the David Geffen Hall Welcome Center.
  • Noise-reducing headphones, earplugs and fidgets to borrow
  • Chill Out Space in The Garden, open during performances at Damrosch Park and The Dance Floor, offering reduced crowds and visual stimulation, for guests to take a break and re-enter the performance venues when they’re ready. David Geffen Hall’s lobby is available, with seating, air-conditioning, and restrooms.
  • Visual directions, describing arrival instructions for neurodiverse communities, are available: Damrosch Park and The Dance Floor
  • 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
  • Access Concierge Service. Access Reps, trained to support guests with disabilities, provide 1:1 support for individual guests and their party. To request this service, contact [email protected] or 212-875-5456 at least one week before attending an event. Please note that this service is contingent on staff availablility.
  • 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

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 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.