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February 23, 2015

Lincoln Ceter Recognizes Autism Awareness Month with Events for Families

Lincoln Center

February 23, 2015 



Kate Merlino


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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, dedicated to making the arts accessible for all,  is highlighting accessibility for families affected by autism by celebrating Autism Awareness Month (April) with two special programs on campus in March and April.


Monday, March 16 ? FREE – at 7 pm


Director: Charles Jones, 82 min, USA, 2014, Documentary

This is a candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism. Dispelling the archaic idea that "big boys don't cry,” a group of fathers open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than the ones they had envisioned.

Partnering with the ReelAbilities Film Festival (which takes place March 12-18 in venues throughout New York, for the first time, Lincoln Center hosts a screening and discussion with director Charles Jones on his film, as well as how the arts can serve as a place for community-building and support. For more information visit

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit


Sunday, April 12 – FREE – Music for Autism – at 12:30 pm

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Music for Autism have partnered to serve those with autism and their families through the co-presentation of an interactive, autism-friendly concert.  Broadway performers Alysha Umphress and Cody Williams from the hit show On The Town will delight audience members with beloved show tunes both old and new, and will conclude with inviting the audience to join them in their music-making.

Clark Studio Theater, in the Rose Building, 7th floor, 165 West 65th Street

FREE but registration is required. To register, contact [email protected] or visit



In the fall of 2015, Lincoln Center Education will present an innovative theater piece commissioned from Trusty Sidekick Theater Company entitled Up and Away. Up and Away is an original, multi-sensory theatrical event specifically for young audiences on the autism spectrum. Both a story and an interactive experience, Up and Away is loosely inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World Eighty Days.  During the play, children and adults will be seated in specially-designed hot air balloon baskets to experience the wonders of the world above the clouds. Up and Away performances will be open to the general public, free of charge. A schedule will be announced at a later date. Visit



Generous support for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center provided by Alice and David Rubenstein, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Oak Foundation.


The Wall Street Journal is Media Partner of the David Rubenstein Atrium.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, David Rubenstein Atrium Free Programming, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.



For more information about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 212/875-5375.

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