Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces free spring programming and “choose what you pay”

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts recently announced plans to make performances, talks, and civic activations free or more accessible with a choose-what-you-pay ticketing model this spring starting Feb. 27 through Feb. 15. June.

Serving the world’s leading broadcaster of superb artistic programming, the Lincoln Center presents approximately 3,000 programs, events and initiatives each year. According to the website, “This spring season brings together dozens of arts organizations and artists from across New York City and the Lincoln Center campus, exploring the intersection of culture, civic engagement, and community building through dynamic and varied weekly programming”.

This season, free programming is offered through Lincoln Center Passport, Moments and Activate. Additionally, the David Rubenstein Atrium will reopen with all free events.

Passport to the arts, starting virtually on February 27, is specially created and inclusively designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities to attend for free. The program is an adapted dance workshop with the New York City Ballet and will continue until June 15 with music, dance and theater workshops. The workshops are in collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and many others. In-person performances are to be announced by the Center in the coming weeks.

Lincoln Center Moments is created to continue to support individuals, caregivers and families affected by dementia. Moments programming from March 9 to June 14 partners with arts organizations from all disciplines with free virtual and in-person performances.

Lincoln Center also features Enable, which provides a shared platform for artists and educators to connect, collaborate, and create new ways to drive change in the arts industry. This program is March 16-17 with sessions April 6-7 focusing on the power of regional cultural networks.

the Atrium David Rubenstein is a vibrant community gathering place and gateway to Lincoln Center. In-person events starting March 10 will include Latin dance nights, family shows, blood drives and more. All events in the David Rubenstein Atrium are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, this spring season, Lincoln Center plans to reintroduce the American Songbook Series with choose-what-you-pay tickets. A new edition of the musical series, American Songbook: A World of Voices, returns to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 14. This year, the season brings together artists from around the world, each showcasing a unique take on pop, musical theatre, rock, classical, jazz, folk, and more. The ticket price starts at $5 and includes a glass of wine with purchase and goes on sale February 16.

Billionaire financier and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts director David Rubenstein has generously donated $10 million in 2021 to enable Lincoln Center to reopen and expand its civic activities to meet the needs of communities in New York.

“It turns out that after 10 years the atrium has worked much better than anyone originally thought. Before Covid it was very popular, after Covid it will no doubt become popular again,” said Rubenstein . Forbes. “People love it as a gathering area, but more importantly, Lincoln Center wants to use it a lot more for democracy-related things, for citizenship ceremonies, and to educate people about their rights.”

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