Community Engagement

Lincoln Center partners with local organizations and collaborates with artists, caregivers, and young people to increase access to arts resources and cultural participation, support creative development, and build a more connected, equitable arts community in New York City and beyond.

Community Artist Residency Program

The Community Artist Residency Program offers community-based artists the opportunity to create, promote, and lead a multi-year arts residency at one of LCE’s partner organizations. The residency culminates in the creation of an original art event presented at both the community partner site as well as at Lincoln Center.

Rooted in LCE’s commitment to activating community-based arts, this program provides artists with the resources and support they need to develop their practice and explore new strategies for promoting social justice through the arts.

LCE’s growing community artist roster currently includes lead community artist Kirya Traber in Brooklyn, Ivory Nunez-Medrano in the Bronx, and Sydnie L. Mosley in Manhattan.

To learn more, please contact [email protected].

Made possible in part by William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and Maryann Sudo Baxter 

Cultural Innovation Fund

The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund is a grant program, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, that supports non-profit organizations that employ innovative strategies to increase cultural engagement and opportunities for residents of the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn.

Grants are for one year and range from $50,000–$100,000. 12 organizations were selected as grantees in the 2019 cohort.

To learn more about the Cultural Innovation Fund, please visit

The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center