The weather has changed and outdoor activities are popping up on the calendar. In addition to impromptu outdoor dining and drinking, we like to make ourselves available for big, outdoor events.

One of the first big outdoor events of 2019 is the celebration of Lincoln Center’s 60th Anniversary.  Sixty years ago, construction began for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the country’s first modern performing arts center, with a ground-breaking ceremony. It’s since grown to include 11 organizations and has become one of the country’s most important and influential cultural institutions.  All in our backyard.

If you’re like us and often boast about the great institutions we have but rarely attend, this is your opportunity to change the script.  To celebrate their anniversary, Lincoln Center will be hosting a free block party on May 4, from 10am to 2:30pm, featuring activities, performances, community art-making, film programming and tours across the entire campus.  It’s going to be a culmination of all things this institution offers us.

Lincoln Center is home to distinguished resident organizations that keep people coming from all over the world, Lincoln Center represents the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphonic and chamber music, theater, jazz, dance, film, and arts education.  May 2019 marks six decades since Lincoln Center’s debut, and they want to renew their commitment to support a thriving campus for the next generation.  It’s a way of saying thank you while showcasing everything they have to offer. And the best part is, we benefit!

The cornerstone event of this year-long celebration will be the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala. This festive fundraiser will honor families who have had a significant impact on Lincoln Center over the past six decades.  Lincoln Center will honor the families who have had a significant impact on the institution over the past six decades: the Audrey and Martin Gruss family, the Rockefeller family, the Daisy and Paul Soros family, and the Laurie M. Tisch family. These families have had transformative influence on the organization. The honorees are defined by their passion for expanding access to the arts and have provided countless support and leadership. 

As you can tell, it’s a big weekend on the Upper West Side. Be there.

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