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February 10, 2020

Lincoln Center Invites New Yorkers to Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Invites New Yorkers to
Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020

Artists, Community Members, and Activists Come Together
to Amplify Awareness of the Census with Undercounted Populations

David Rubenstein Atrium

Friday, February 21



New York, NY (February 10, 2020) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces the Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020, calling on creative artists, social activists, and community members of all ages and backgrounds to help spread awareness of the 2020 Census to undercounted communities.


The David Rubenstein Atrium, long a hub for artistic innovation, activism, and civic engagement, hosts the event on Friday, February 21 from 2pm – 6pm. For more information and to RSVP (recommended, not required), visit the Community Create-a-thon event page.


The Community Create-a-thon brings people from across New York together to produce creative content that spreads awareness about the importance of an accurate Census count—creating works of digital media, physical artwork, posters, poems, songs, dance, and more. Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand throughout the day to help facilitate and shape ideas. These vital materials and creative messages will be used to magnify outreach to undercounted populations.


“We strive to reflect the vibrant diversity of New York City in everything we do at the Atrium. In fact, the census itself has been a guiding force in helping shape an inclusive and welcoming space, with a program representing 100 countries in our first 10 years,” said Jordana Leigh, Director of the David Rubenstein Atrium. “We’re proud to invite New Yorkers of all backgrounds to the Atrium to help reach fellow community members and spread the word about the importance of Census 2020.”


During the four-hour event, participants can connect with city leaders, event partners, and staff knowledgeable about the 2020 Census, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC). The full schedule for the event is found below and on the Lincoln Center website, HERE. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


The David Rubenstein Atrium, a lively public gathering space with a history of presenting performers who are activists, provides a creative space for community leaders and artists to connect and collaborate on civic issues that affect everyone in NYC. The Census has guided the curation of performances and artists in the space to be a reflection the city’s racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities.


To fill out the Census form online, attain free access to a computer and internet, and learn more about Census 2020, New Yorkers can visit any NYC public library—including The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on the Lincoln Center campus—for help. Libraries in all five boroughs are conducting community outreach and hosting Census informational sessions, discussions, and gatherings to fill out the forms. Libraries will also offer Census materials and resources in multiple languages. Visit or your local Library’s webpage for additional information and events.


The Census directly impacts representation in government and funding for schools, housing, neighborhood programs, and more. Over 675 billion dollars per year is allocated based on Census data, only occurring once every ten years. One individual, if not represented in the Census count, can lose out on funds impacting direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, transportation, and road maintenance. An accurate count helps ensure everyone has equal access to political representation and federal funding for their community.


Many communities are historically considered hard to count, including people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people experiencing homelessness, rural communities, low-income families, renters, single-parent households, those with limited English proficiency, and children under 5. At the Create-a-thon, artwork and messages will be focused on a few of the most often low self-response groups.


For more information on the Community Create-a-Thon and to sign up, visit the Community Create-a-thon event page.


The 2020 Census will be the first time residents can fill out their census form online. They can also be completed via mail or phone. For more information on how to fill out the 2020 Census, visit


For more information on the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and to see a full schedule of events, visit



Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020 Schedule

Friday, February 21, 2020, 2pm–6pm

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm          Welcome and orientation


2:30 pm – 5:15 pm          Work on art projects in groups


5:15 pm – 6:00 pm          Final share-out and closing remarks


All ages and families are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the event.


For more information and to register visit the Community Create-a-thon event page.


We welcome speakers of all languages. Please provide your preferred language during registration and we will make every effort to provide translation.


A variety of creative supplies will be provided at the event, but we encourage all to bring materials to use in art-making, like instruments, visual art media, or laptops with software such as Photoshop, InDesign, or GarageBand.




Major support for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is provided by David Rubenstein.  


Additional support is provided by The Centene Charitable Foundation 


Generous endowment support is provided by The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Oak Foundation.? 


Public Support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.? ? 

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NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.? 



About the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a head count, every ten years, of all residents living in the United States and its territories. Census counts determine how many seats each state is allocated in the U.S. House of Representative as well as how over $675 billion in federal dollars are distributed annually. Individual responses are protected by federal law, never to be shared with any other governmental department, court, or law enforcement agency. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy with 4 ways to respond: online, by phone, on paper, or with the help of a Census taker. For more information, visit


About Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC)

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan child advocacy organization. We educate and mobilize New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Our advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. Every Child Counts! is a CCC campaign advocating for a fair and accurate count of all children living in New York City. By educating and mobilizing youth and adults, we will reach our goal to provide the information and tools needed to ensure children are counted and not erased in the 2020 Census.


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts? 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)?serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of thousands of free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning?Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film at 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.? 


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at? 212.875.5375.? 





Lincoln Center Press Contact:

Desiree Naranjo



2020 Census Press Contact:

Patreinnah Acosta-Pelle


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