Press Release

June 17, 2015

Lincoln Center Celebrates ADA's 25th Anniversary Month With Events For People With Disabilities

Lincoln Center News

Contact: Kate Merlino

212.875.5101

[email protected]

 

LINCOLN CENTER CELEBRATES ADA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY MONTH

WITH EVENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 17, 2015) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, dedicated to making the arts accessible for all, is joining with New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and dozens of other cultural and civic organizations in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lincoln Center is participating by offering family programs, awareness events, and performances for visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, blind or have low vision, individuals with dementia, as well as children on the autism spectrum.  The events run from late June through late July, 2015.

 

Saturday, June 27  Midsummer Night Swing’s Doc Pomus tribute with Roomful of Blues, with a demonstration by American Dance Wheels – at 6:30 pm

Count Basie once called Roomful of Blues “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.” Their sound is a horn-driven blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump blues, and soul.  On June 27 they will honor the man who got the band its first recording contract: Doc Pomus.  Pomus, one of the best white blues singers of the 1940s, turned to songwriting in the 1950s and, with partner Mort Shuman, began to crank out the hits: “Little Sister,” “Lonely Avenue,” and “Viva Las Vegas” among them.  Pomus’s biggest hit, and the song that remains one of the 25 most popular ever recorded, was “Save the Last Dance for Me,” written by Pomus, who was in a wheelchair,  for his wife on their wedding night, a story poignantly told in the recent documentary feature film AKA Doc Pomus. Pomus’ songs have reached number one on every type of Billboard domestic and foreign chart and have reached the top 40 in every decade since the 1950s. 

Special dance performance by Marcin Leszczynski and Elaina Cardenas of American DanceWheels Foundation after the first set by Roomful of Blues.

Bandshell at Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues)

Tickets are $17 per person.  They can be purchased on-site at the Swing box office after 5:30 pm that day, or at the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Broadway at 65th Street) or by calling 212.721.6500. For more information, including program updates, visit MidsummerNightSwing.org. (The dance floor is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available to borrow from the Information Tent.)

 

Friday, July 10 – FREE – Verbal Description and Touch Tour of Lincoln Center campus – 1 to 3 pm

Tours of Lincoln Center utilizing verbal description and touch designed for guests who are blind or have low-vision will be offered on five dates in the month of July.  The specially-trained tour guides will take small groups to a few of the major performance venues on campus, as well as to major sites such as the Revson Fountain and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn to experience Lincoln Center through their fingertips.

Tours start at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets)

FREE and open to the public, with pre-registration. Contact [email protected], or call 212.875.5375 to pre-register.

 

Additional dates for Verbal Description and Touch Tours of Lincoln Center

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Thursday, July 23, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 26, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

 

Tuesday, July 14 – Lincoln Center Festival presents DruidShakespeare: The History Plays  Part 1 - at 7:00 pm

One of the highlights of Lincoln Center Festival’s offerings this year is DruidShakespeare: The History Plays. The plays are a distillation of Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V into a continuous narrative that explores the nature of leadership and honor.  To make the performance accessible for audience members who are blind or have low vision, audio transcriber Laura Congleton will relate the visual action on stage live. DruidShakespeare: The History Plays is presented in two parts. The production is directed by Garry Hynes of Galway’s famed Druid Theatre.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Tickets, from $45, are available online at www.lincolncenterfestival.org, by calling 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Broadway and 65th Street)

Braille and large print programs are available.

 

Friday, July 17 – Lincoln Center Festival presents DruidShakespeare: The History Plays  Part 2 - at 7:00 pm

One of the highlights of Lincoln Center Festival’s offerings this year is DruidShakespeare: The History Plays. The plays are a distillation of Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V into a continuous narrative that explores the nature of leadership and honor.  To make the performance accessible for audience members who are blind or have low vision, audio transcriber Laura Congleton will relate the visual action on stage live. DruidShakespeare: The History Plays is presented in two parts. The production is directed by Garry Hynes of Galway’s famed Druid Theatre.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Tickets, from $45, are available online at www.lincolncenterfestival.org, by calling 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Broadway and 65th Street)

Braille and large print programs are available.

 

Sunday, July 19 – FREE – Lincoln Center Tour in American Sign Language – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Led by a deaf educator, this small group tour for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing will visit 3 of the main venues at Lincoln Center: Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, David. H. Koch Theater, and Alice Tully Hall. There will be no voice interpretation on this tour.  Due to capacity, we are unable to accommodate ASL students.

Tour departs from the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 63rd & West 62nd Streets

FREE to the public with pre-registration. To register, contact [email protected], or call 212.381.5375.

 

Tuesday, July 21 – FREE – Tour of Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit for individuals with dementia and their caregivers

Two tours will be offered through the critically acclaimed exhibit on iconic performer Frank Sinatra for dementia sufferers and their caregivers.  Following each tour, a Sinatra sing-a-long will engage the participants with the music of the legend from Hoboken.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, off West 65th Street)

FREE to the public, with pre-registration. Contact [email protected], or call 212.875.5375 to pre-register. 

 

Friday, July 24 – FREE – Screening of Invitation to Dance – 7 pm

The ADA Anniversary Film Screening is a documentary about the civil rights of the disabled entitled Invitation to Dance (Simi Linton & Christian Von Tippelskurch/75 minutes.)  In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam.  Still in college at the time, Linton suddenly experienced discrimination that she couldn’t have imagined before.  Outspoken, thoughtful, and impassioned, she emerges as a resourceful activist, and in time, realizes that love, sexuality, and dance can once again be central in her life.

This screening is presented in collaboration with ReelAbilities.

David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Streets)

FREE to the public.  Seating on a first come, first served basis.

 

Tuesday, July 28 – FREE – Tour of Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit for individuals with dementia and their caregivers

Two tours will be offered through the critically acclaimed exhibit on iconic performer Frank Sinatra for dementia sufferers and their caregivers.  Following each tour, a Sinatra sing-a-long will engage the participants with the music of the legend from Hoboken.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, off West 65th Street)

FREE to the public, with pre-registration. Contact [email protected], or call 212.875.5375 to pre-register. 

 

Saturday, August 1 – FREE – Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents La Casita – 12:00 pm

La Casita is Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual celebration of community, showcasing urban poetry, spoken word and musical expression representing the diversity of traditional and contemporary cultures across New York City. This year, to honor Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange, central figures in the Black Arts Movement, activists and powerful voices come together and channel the streams that influenced the pioneering African-American poets. Chronicling the joys and struggles of identity and history, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians from around the Diaspora in a thought-provoking tribute. Deaf poet Ayisha Knight-Shaw will be one of the many performers.  La Casita will be American Sign Language-interpreted and an ASL flash mob will be presented by choreographer Heidi Latsky.

Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center (off West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues)

FREE to the public.

 

Sunday, August 2 – FREE – Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents La Casita – 2 pm

This is a repeat of the program from Friday, August 1.

Teatro Pregones (571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York)

FREE to the public.

 

 

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 offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information: aboutlincolncenter.org

 

For more information about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 212.865.5375.

 

Lincoln Center’s Programs and Services for People with Disabilities is made possible in part by endowment support provided by AIG.

 

Additional endowment support for Programs and Services for People with Visual Disabilities provided by Frederick P., Daniel, and Elihu Rose – In Memory of Belle B. Rose.

 

Midsummer Night Swing 2015 lead support is provided by Macy’s.

 

Midsummer Night Swing is made possible in part by Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP.

 

Lincoln Center Festival lead support is provided by American Express.

 

Major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

The Lincoln Center Festival 2015 presentation of DruidShakespeare: The History Plays is made possible in part by generous support from the Virginia B. Toumlin Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Jennie and Richard DeScherer.  Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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

 

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

 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 lead support is provided by Bank of America.

 

La Casita is sponsored by PepsiCo Foundation.

 

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

 

United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

 

WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

 

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi.

 

Time Out New York is a Media Partner of Summer at Lincoln Center.

 

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