Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world-renowned 16-acre performing arts center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, will launch this spring Restart steps, a large-scale initiative that will create outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces – an outdoor performing arts center – as well as other outdoor civic venues to help revive the performing arts sector. stage and contribute to the rebirth of New York.
Restart Stages will launch on World Health Day, April 7, with special performance for healthcare workers.
Designed with expert advice from health and public health professionals, Restart Stages will create a safe, welcoming, accessible and vibrant environment for New York City arts and community organizations.
All offers will take place outdoors, with security protocols in place for performers, audiences and staff. Restart Stages venues will include a cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza; spaces dedicated to families and children with artistic activities for young people; rehearsal places, opening up the artistic process to visitors; a space for public school diplomas, recognizing the extraordinary achievements of students under difficult circumstances; and an outdoor reading room, created in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Artistic programming will feature Lincoln Center’s world-class constituent organizations, including outdoor performances of the annual summer evenings concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Film screenings of the Film at Lincoln Center; a Lincoln Center Theater concert and cabaret series; and New York City Ballet dance workshops.
Some events from the Reboot Stages will be offered live stream on Lincoln Center and partner organizations’ digital platforms, increasing access nationally and internationally.
This project will help bring back New York’s rich and vital performing arts ecosystem by also going well beyond the Lincoln Center campus to include a wide range of cultural and community partners and guest curators, including the Bronx. Academy of Arts and Dance, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York and Weeksville Heritage Center.
Lincoln Center will also bring its commitment to civic and community service to the reboot stages, supporting communities that have been hardest hit by the virus and the resulting economic disaster. Along with the arts programming, Lincoln Center will offer blood drives in partnership with the New York Blood Center, food distributions in partnership with Food Bank For New York City and also serve as a designated primary election polling location in partnership. with the Board of Elections.
Restart steps are developed in coordination with NY Pops Up, which is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Arts Revival.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, as part of the SNF-Lincoln Center Agora initiative, a collaboration that reinvents and reactivates public space for a new era. .
“The cultural community has an urgent role to play in the revitalization of New York, to show that our city has not only returned economically, but also spiritually and socially. That’s why we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that when the city reopened, it was our absolute duty and privilege to be the first to support our constituents, New Yorkers and the community. cultural, ”said Henry Timms, president and CEO of Lincoln Center. “We’re building this outdoor campus to be ready, so that when the time comes, we don’t miss a day. We will open our metaphorical doors wide on Day One to celebrate New York City and the purposeful and remarkable people who make it the best city in the world.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation co-chair Andreas Dracopoulos said: “A redesigned and reactivated public space could be a boost for civic life in New York and around the world. SNF is proud to support Lincoln Center in realizing a larger and more inclusive vision of public space, a vision that sees arts, culture, education and community engagement as facets of the same civic endeavor. .
Since the onset of the pandemic, Lincoln Center has redoubled its efforts to bring the power of the arts to New Yorkers outdoors and digitally, from Love Lincoln Center from concerts for essential individual workers, to works of art that uplift the voices and lived experiences of people of color in America, such as the installation by Carrie Mae Weems Resist COVID / Take 6!, Davóne Tines’ Vigil and digital commissions like Baptism by Carl Hancock Rux. Future international collaborations with the cultural center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens will bring new approaches to cultural engagement in both cities.