David Rubenstein Donates $10 Million to Lincoln Center for Performing Arts

By David Salazar

David Rubenstein has donated $10 million to Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.

Per a press release, the donation aims to expand the arts and civic engagements initiatives, specifically at the Atrium that features his name. The David Rubenstein Atrium has featured artists from around the world and commissioned over 45 original works. It has also been used as a polling location, food distribution site, and even a “Create-a-thon” in support of the 2020 census.

“With David’s founding gift a decade ago, he opened up Lincoln Center even further to offer free programming to diverse audiences,” said Katherine Farley, Chair of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors, in a press statement. “This new gift will expand this service and delve more deeply into so many of the shared values of the arts and democracy.”

“I believe passionately that our cultural landscape and our civic one are inexorably connected; that the arts introduce us to world views beyond our own, and that civic engagement is made more whole, more consistent, by enjoyment of and participation in the arts,” Rubenstein added. “I am so impressed with how Lincoln Center has transformed during these incredibly difficult times. As we look towards the next decade at the Atrium, I’m proud to support the expansion of this work, with the arts and civic engagement at its core.”