Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces free and ‘choose what you pay’ spring programming

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

Serving the world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, the Lincoln Center presents around 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 Lincoln Center’s own campus, exploring the intersection of culture, civic engagement and community building through vibrant 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, beginning virtually on Feb. 27, is specifically created and inclusively designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities to attend for free. The program is an Adapted Dance Workshop with New York City Ballet and will continue through 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 more. In-person performances are to be announced by the Center in the coming weeks.

Lincoln Center Moments is created to continue the support of individuals, caregivers and families impacted by dementia. Moments programming from March 9 to June 14, is partnering with arts organizations across disciplines with virtual and in-person performances free of charge.

The Lincoln Center is also introducing Activate, which offers a shared platform for artists and educators to connect, collaborate and build new ways to spark change across the arts industry. This program is from March 16-17 with sessions from April 6-7 focusing on the power of regional cultural networks. 

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

Additionally, this spring season, the Lincoln Center plans to reintroduce the American Songbook Series with choose-what-you-pay tickets. A new edition of the music series, American Songbook: A World of Voices, returns to the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 14. This year’s season brings together artists from across the globe, each performing with unique visions of pop, musical theater, rock, classical, jazz, folk, and more. The starting ticket price is 5 dollars and includes a glass of wine with the purchase and goes on sale on Feb. 16. 

Billionaire financier and Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, David Rubenstein, generously donated $10 million in 2021 to make it possible for Lincoln Center to reopen and expand its civic-minded activities to meet the needs of New York City communities. 

“It turns out that after 10 years, the atrium has worked out much better than anybody originally thought. Pre-Covid it was very popular, post-Covid it will no doubt be popular again,” Rubenstein told Forbes. “People like it as a gathering area, but more significantly, the Lincoln Center wants to use it much more for things that are democracy-related, for citizenship ceremonies and for educating people about their rights.”

For more information, visit www.lincolncenter.org.