Illustration:Ceylan A. Sahin Eker
We’re excited to announce Restart Stages—an outdoor performing arts center with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—to help kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival. Restart Stages is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative, a collaboration that reimagines and reactivates public space for a new era. Fostering a dynamic environment for artists, community organizations, and audiences, Restart Stages is a welcoming and safe place for live performances, family activities, and civic engagement.
Offering an array of vibrant programming that represents the rich tapestry of the city, Restart Stages will feature events by organizations from across the five boroughs, including Lincoln Center’s resident companies. Audience members can expect free and low-cost events, an outdoor reading room, and a wealth of dedicated family programming. New Yorkers can also participate in a range of civic and community events, including blood drives and food distributions, and Lincoln Center will serve as a designated primary election polling place.
Restart Stages will celebrate the full spectrum of New York City’s artistic talent and create a welcoming home for all of the city’s residents and neighbors to enjoy. It launches on World Health Day, April 7, with a special performance for healthcare workers.
All offerings will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff. Click here to learn more about our visitor guidelines.
Additional programmatic details will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check RestartStages.org for updates.