To kick off Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages initiative, musicians from the New York Philharmonic held an outdoor performance for healthcare workers at Barclays Capital Grove on Wednesday, April 7 – also World Health Day.
Before the performance, a Lincoln Center-commissioned installation by Basil Twist featured puppeteers who greeted audience members as they walked in with sheep puppets on the Illumination Lawn.
Some of those in attendance included Mayor Bill de Blasio; Lincoln Center President and CEO Henry Timms; President of Arison Arts Foundation and Lincoln Center Board Member Sarah Arison; Chief Administrative Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Vasili Tsamis, and Lincoln Center Chief Communications, Marketing & Advocacy Officer Leah C. Johnson.
Restart Stages 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.
Some of the new outdoor spaces 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
- An outdoor reading room
Artistic programming will include:
- Film screenings presented by Film at Lincoln Center
- Evening concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- Concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater
- Dance workshops from New York City Ballet
The spaces will also host blood drives with the New York Blood Center and food distributions with Food Bank For New York City.
Restart Stages is being developed in coordination with NY PopsUp, a statewide arts revival initiative.
Learn more about the initiative at www.restartstages.org.