Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City has announced a $4 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation in support of a rebranding of the Lincoln Center Institute, the center's primary arts education initiative.
To be renamed Lincoln Center Education, the rebranded initiative will work to develop new programming in five areas: K-12 and higher education, community outreach, the Lincoln Center Institute, and various consultancies. New programs announced by LCE include "Arts in the Middle," a multiyear initiative to provide arts programming and teacher training at public middle schools that are "arts poor"; a commissioned work designed for an audience of children on the autism spectrum; an expansion of the Lincoln Center Local initiative, which brings free programs to libraries, shelters, senior centers, and youth incarceration facilities; and "Next Stage," a series of panel discussions, lectures, and other public forums dedicated to various arts education topics.
"Over the past year, we concentrated on the question: 'What should the world's largest performing arts center do with arts education in today's world?'" said LCE executive director Russell Granet. "We believe that the core values of the arts, including imagination, innovation, collaboration, and perseverance, can lead to more effective problem solving. We can better prepare students for their academic and professional lives in the twenty-first century by training them to think like artists. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, whose funds will help us redefine LCE, and strategically develop programs for students, educators, and lifelong learners, especially those that love the arts."