Lincoln Center Announces Restart Stages

By Francisco Salazar

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced Restart Stages, a new initiative that will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—an outdoor performing arts center—as well as other outdoor civic venues to help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City.

The new project will be made possible by the support of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of the SNF-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative.

The Restart Stages venues will include a cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza, dedicated family and kids’ areas with arts activities for young people, venues for rehearsals, opening up the artistic process to visitors, space for public school graduations, recognizing the extraordinary achievements of students under difficult circumstances, an outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, artistic programming that will feature Lincoln Center’s world-class constituent organizations, including outdoor performances of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Summer Evenings concerts, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, and dance workshops from New York City Ballet.

This project will also reach far 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 (BAAD!), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York, and Weeksville Heritage Center.

Restart Stages will launch on World Health Day, April 7, with a special performance for healthcare workers.