Lincoln Center Launches Program Geared Toward Young Audiences on Autism Spectrum
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Up and Away is at once a story and an interactive experience, inspired loosely by the imagination of Jules Verne and his famous book Around the World in 80 Days. Seated in hot-air balloons, audiences join the Fogg Family Balloon Society on their 1,000th balloon ride. Featuring puppetry, live music, and interactive play, this “flight” travels through extraordinary places such as the Fog Bog, the Arctic Aviary, and Cloud Canyon, all with multisensory experiences. Each child in the audience has a one-on-one guide from the Fogg Family for the trip through the clouds.
NYCB Access Workshop
New York City Ballet
May 6, 1:00pm
Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 7th Floor
This one-hour movement workshop specially designed for children with autism will feature the music, movement, and themes from New York City Ballet’s treasured repertory. NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance experience needed.
Big Umbrella Festival Symposium: The Intersection of the Arts and Autism
Thursday, April 19, 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Sean Ahlquist, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning University of Michigan
Cynthia Barron, Vice President of U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
Mickey Rowe, actor
Tim Webb, MBE, Oily Cart Artistic Director
How can the power of the arts be harnessed to impact young people on the autism spectrum as both audience members and artists? Lincoln Center Education leads a daylong investigation and discussion on the ways in which leaders from around the world are harnessing the power of the arts—including theater, film, digital media, and architectural installation—to open up new experiences for children with autism and their families.
Featuring a keynote presentation, panel discussion, and conversation, participants will join leaders in the field to explore best practices, analyze successes, and identify the challenges related to artistic work that impacts the autism community at large.
Main image by Alexis Buatti Ramos, courtesy Lincoln Center