As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Arts Revival, Lincoln Center, which has been non-operating since the Coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, will create ten outdoor rehearsal and performance spaces in New York City as part of the initiative called Restart Stages, reported Helen Holmes of Observer.
Of the organizations that have contributed to the project, an outdoor reading room will be provided by the New York Public Library for Performing Arts; the Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society and the New York City Ballet will offer outdoor concerts and dance workshops respectively. Other notable contributors are the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and Korean Cultural Center New York reported Holmes. According to President & CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Henry Timms, the outdoor spaces are being built to show that New York is “economically”, “spiritually” and “socially” back.
The initiative will begin April 7 with a “special performance” for healthcare workers, reported Anna Ben Yehuda of TimeOut. The project also promises a cabaret stage on Hearst Plaza; family areas with art-related activities, and a space for public high school graduations. Additionally, the programs happening in these spaces will also be available via live streams.
Matt Stevens of The New York Times reported that in addition to promoting the arts, Restart Stages will also be offering blood drives in partnership with New York Blood Center, food distribution drives in partnership with Food Bank for New York City, and serving as a designated primary polling place for the upcoming mayoral elections.