Lincoln Center’s free ‘Passport to the Arts’ offers virtual and in-person events for people of all ages with disabilities

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ annual Passport to the Arts returns for its Fall 2021 season, running October 16-December 19, with free classes, performances, and custom-designed experiences for children, teens, and adults with disabilities and their families. The programming, both online and in-person, offers an accessible introduction to the performing arts from partners across the iconic Lincoln Center campus and beyond, with families remotely participating in dance, music, or drama classes with renowned artists, seeing behind-the-scenes content from Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, attending exclusive live matinee performances of Cinderella and The Magic Flute, and meeting performers.

According to Accessibility Manager Laura Sloan, “Creating space for audiences with disabilities and an equitable experience for everyone at Lincoln Center is at the forefront of our work, whether in the digital space or in-person. We’re so honored to bring together audiences with disabilities with artists from across the country and around the world. As we return this fall, we are thrilled to continue to offer such a wide variety of programming, with something for everyone to enjoy and discover.”

American Ballet Theatre. Photo by Jared Siskin.

This year’s participating organizations are American Ballet Theatre, CO/LAB Theater Group, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic. All programs are inclusively designed and open only to families with children, teens, or adults with disabilities; virtual programs take place via Zoom. To best meet the needs of audiences, families will receive materials, including social narratives, photos, and links before each program, to aid in preparing for the new experiences.

For more information and the full schedule of events, go online. Registration is free and available now. Attendees who secure tickets to the two in-person performances at the Metropolitan Opera will be required to show full proof of Covid-19 vaccination and to follow the presenting organization’s safety protocols. To access additional weekly arts-based lessons and videos, click here.


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