Press Release

August 13, 2015

Lincoln Center Announces Inaugural Lincoln Center Global Exchange, A Unique Convening of International Leaders Focused on Advancing the Essential, Catalyzing Role of Art and Culture Around the World

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Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Actor and Advocate Michael J. Fox, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Television Writer, Producer, and Activist Norman Lear, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, Senegalese Musician Youssou N’Dour, and IAC Chairman Barry Diller Among Those Slated to Participate


NEW YORK, NY (August 13, 2015) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced the inaugural Lincoln Center Global Exchange, a first-of-its-kind convening that will bring together 200 international thought leaders and change agents from business, government, education, media, science and the arts at the Lincoln Center campus in New York City on September 18 – just days before the opening of the United Nations General Assembly – to explore how art and culture can become even more effective in fostering healthy citizens, vibrant cities and strong communities. The Global Exchange is the centerpiece of a broader effort focused on advancing the relevance and centrality of art, across sectors and geographies, and inspiring investment in culture worldwide.


“If art and culture are truly going to be central to our society, they must adapt a forward-thinking and engaged perspective. The Lincoln Center Global Exchange is an important step in that regard,” said Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center.


Leveraging Lincoln Center’s unique convening power, the Global Exchange, a day-long, invitation-only event, will feature conversations and integrated live performances focused on the intersections of Art and Science, Art and Education and Art and Cities. Participants from more than 20 countries on six continents will come together to imagine and initiate action-oriented programs in which the arts drive meaningful and measurable progress.


This inaugural convening was made possible due to generous and early support from Founding Sponsor First Republic Bank.


Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will deliver keynote remarks about the role of humans in the digital future. Other featured speakers will include Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, journalist, author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, IAC Chairman and Senior Executive Barry Diller, The Rockefeller University President Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, television writer, producer, and activist Norman Lear, The Rockefeller University neuroscientist and Torsten N. Wiesel Professor Dr. Cori Bargmann, Pandora’s Chief Musical Architect Nolan Gasser, Chief Executive Officer of Cinépolis Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker, financial columnist for The New York Times and co-anchor of CNBC's  "Squawk Box" Andrew Ross Sorkin, Nobel Prize winner and Columbia University Professor Dr. Eric Kandel, sociologist Richard Sennett, Director of the MIT Media Lab City Science Initiative Kent Larson, Bosnian theatre and film director Haris Pašovic, Founder and Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, among others.


Discussion topics during the day will include:

                    Art + Science. How does art affect the brain and spark creativity? How can art and artists help us navigate the challenges of brain disorders?

                    Art + Education. How do we nurture students and citizens through art?

                    Art + Cities. How does art infuse the urban environment with vibrancy, improving quality of life and happiness? How does art facilitate communication and collaboration in a globalized world?


Dr. Cori Bargmann, who will join a conversation during the morning Art + Science session, explained, "The brain is not an all-purpose general machine, rather parts of the brain - or different kinds of wiring within the brain - allow it to carry out unique functions. This applies to our creativity, too: the more we understand about our brain, the more we can recognize where our own art comes from. I look forward to exploring these themes at Lincoln Center in September and more specifically, how the ideas of both scientists and artists can be combined to help make a tangible difference in our world."


Fareed Zakaria, who will speak during the late morning Art + Education session, noted, “Immersing students in and exposing them to works of art helps to foster sentient and creative citizens, who lead us to develop more sustainable, more productive cities. A broad understanding of the creative and liberal arts is essential as we navigate an increasingly global, technology-driven world.”


Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who will give remarks during the afternoon Art + Cities session, observed, “Art and culture play an important role in Rio’s unique identity, historically and into the future, and I look forward to spending a day at Lincoln Center exploring how art connects and unites citizens, in all sectors and across all regions, for a greater purpose. With this convening of esteemed thinkers and doers, we can initiate dialogue and action for a global movement that leverages the power of art to move us all forward.”


To select the performances in this inaugural year, Lincoln Center has engaged Sir Jonathan Mills as the Artistic Curator of this groundbreaking initiative. Equally renowned for his celebrated leadership of the Edinburgh International Festival and his career as an accomplished composer, Sir Jonathan is working closely with Lincoln Center's leaders to bring together an array of artists and ensembles for the Global Exchange that will surprise, captivate and most importantly, resonate. The Global Exchange will conclude with an evening celebration and performance intended to reach, through social media and other digital channels, a worldwide audience of citizens who believe that art remains an essential catalyst for change and an unrivaled means to communicate across cultures and geographies.


Featured performances include an ensemble from the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, renowned musician and Senegal’s former Minister of Tourism and Culture Youssou N’Dour, Deborah Colker Dance Company from Brazil, Polyphony Quartet from Israel with Israeli singer songwriter David Broza, Jessica Lang Dance from the US, actor, playwright and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson from the US, Akram Khan Company from the UK, soprano Ying Fang from China, bass-baritone Thesele Kemane from South Africa, Mark Morris’ Dance for Parkinson’s Disease program, and many more.


Appearances and performances subject to change.


First Republic Bank is the Founding Sponsor of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange.


Fosun Foundation is the Premier Partner.


Additional supporters include: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Inter-American Development Bank, American Express Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.


In the category of Knowledge Partners, the Global Exchange is grateful for the support of: the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, The Atlantic, McKinsey & Company, The Juilliard School, New York City Global Partners, The Rockefeller University, and Rubenstein Communications.


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 Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well Lincoln Center at the Movies 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 11 resident organizations: 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. For more information:



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