With theaters closed, Lincoln Center to present performances outdoors, forge new community partnerships

Posted on: February 26, 2021

“Lincoln Center is known for the grandeur of its theaters and concert halls,” writes Matt Stevens in Thursday’s (2/25) New York Times. “But with those spaces closed to public performances for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic … Lincoln Center announced Thursday that it planned to create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces [on its 16-acre campus], becoming the latest entrant in the effort to move small-scale performances outside to try to bolster the performing arts in New York and get artists back to work.… The broad initiative, known as ‘Restart Stages,’ will begin April 7 with a concert for health care workers. There are plans for a cabaret-style stage, a dedicated area for families that will feature arts activities for children, rehearsal venues that will be open to the public, an outdoor reading room … and an outdoor space for … public school graduations.… Programming will include not only Lincoln Center organizations … but also arts institutions from across the city…. Lincoln Center said it would partner with the New York Blood Center and the Food Bank for New York City to offer services like blood drives and food distribution alongside its arts programming.”