Press Release

February 13, 2017

Lincoln Center Education Announces $4 Million Gift From the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to Support Arts Outreach

Lincoln Center News

Contact: Amanda Angel


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Generous grant equals largest single donation to LCE in history


NEW YORK, NY (February 13, 2017) — As it enters its 41st year of providing arts education to students of all levels, Lincoln Center Education announced today a $4 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to support its wide-ranging programs. This generous gift will provide $1 million per year for four consecutive years, beginning with 2016–2017 and will strengthen the extensive programming central to LCE’s mission.


This gift matches the Sherman Fairchild Foundation’s 2013 donation to LCE, which was the largest single grant ever given to Lincoln Center’s education arm. The previous gift helped LCE establish 15 new initiatives, strengthen core programs, bolster a multi-faceted refocusing and rebranding campaign, and inspire additional financial support. Through the renewed funding, Lincoln Center has ensured that it will be able to build upon its successes from the past four years.


Since 2013, LCE has reached more than 125,000 students, families, and educators in all five boroughs of New York City primarily through school and community programs. Vital to this programming is the specially curated annual season that LCE presents of world-class theater, music, dance, and visual art. This engaging program has expanded to produce more than 300 events per year, featuring 30 artists and ensembles from around the world. In addition, around 500 low-income families receive $5 tickets to performances on the Lincoln Center campus each year.


Russell Granet, Executive Vice President of LCE, remarked: “The tremendous generosity of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation helped us redefine LCE, and strategically develop programs for students, educators and lifelong learners who love the arts. Their renewed commitment allows us to continue this worthwhile endeavor, preparing students for their academic and professional lives through imagination, innovation, collaboration, and problem solving, all of which are vital skills in our current society.”


Lincoln Center Education is deeply grateful to the many contributors who make these programs possible. Visit for a current donor list.


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About Lincoln Center Education

Celebrating its 40th year, Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute, LCE has four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.  As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375. 



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