Lincoln Center Plans New Outdoor Performing Arts Spaces

Through a new initiative called Restart Stages, Lincoln Center will be opening ten new outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces on April 7, kicking off with a special performance for healthcare workers.

“Designed with expert advice from medical and public health professionals, Restart Stages will create a safe, welcoming, accessible, and dynamic environment for arts and community organizations from across New York City, including Lincoln Center resident companies,” a press release states.

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

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.

“The cultural community has an urgent role to play in the revitalization of New York, to showcase that our city is not just back economically, but spiritually and socially. Which is why we knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that as the city reopened it was our absolute obligation and privilege to be first in line to support our constituents, New Yorkers, and the cultural community,” says Henry Timms, President & CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “We are building this outdoor campus to be ready, so that when the time comes, we do not miss a single day. We will fling our metaphorical doors wide open on day one in celebration of New York and the resolute, remarkable people who make it the best city on earth.”

Learn more about the new initiative here.


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