David Rubinstein gives $10 million to Lincoln Center atrium to expand programming, civic activity

Posted on: September 30, 2021

“Thirteen years ago, billionaire financier David Rubenstein gave $10 million to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York,” writes Giacomo Tognini in Monday’s (9/27) Forbes.com. “That gift helped redesign the 7,000-square foot indoor space on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets, formerly known as the Harmony Atrium, and rebranded it the David Rubenstein Atrium. Now, the cofounder of private equity giant the Carlyle Group is donating another $10 million, this time to help the atrium expand beyond free weekly performances and continue its Covid-era programming, ranging from blood drives to citizenship classes for prospective Americans…. Since opening … the atrium has put on nearly 1,000 performances … bringing in more than three and a half million visitors. But the Covid-19 pandemic forced the center to switch priorities…. The center instead pivoted to working with New York institutions ranging from the Food Bank for New York City to the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, which preserves the historic Black district of Weeksville…. ‘What we’re really trying to do with the atrium and with this gift is a deeper commitment to the overlap of the arts and civic life,’ says Henry Timms, Lincoln Center’s president and CEO.”