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Auditoriums Meet

SPEAKER PREVIEW: The New Lincoln Center: Triumphs and Takeaways

In 2006, ground was broken on a comprehensive, US$1.2bn redevelopment programme to transform and reinvigorate the Lincoln Center’s 16.3-acre arts campus in the heart of New York City.

With the capital programme set for completion this month, we are delighted to welcome Ron Austin and Kara Medoff Barnett to the AuditoriumsMeet 2012 programme, to share lessons from the redevelopment of an iconic institution for a new generation of artists and audiences…

Ron (Executive Director, Lincoln Center Development Project) and Kara (Executive Director of International Project Management, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts) will explore the initial goals of the redevelopment and the challenging and rewarding path to a Lincoln Center that The Washington Post described as “livelier, smarter, hipper and more inviting.”

Ron and Kara will illustrate the conditions of the world’s largest performing arts center as it approached its 50th anniversary and then take the audience through a day in the life of the new Lincoln Center: accessible and grand, transparent and functional, elegant and dynamic. The presenters will share lessons learned in areas including fundraising, branding, and operations in the process of undergoing this major project.

Phillip Kennicott of The Washington Post wrote of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment: “The architects have lightened and enlivened the space, opened it up to the city and added touches of humor and eccentricity.” In Edinburgh, Ron and Kara’s presentation promises to honor this playful aesthetic.

Bringing together executives from the world’s concert halls, arenas, theatres, festivals and performance spaces, AuditoriumsMeet 2012 is the essential industry meeting for venue owners, operators and developers.




About the speakers:

Ronald M. Austin has been working on the development and delivery of cultural performance venues for over thirty years.

Experienced in multiple development delivery systems and project types, Ron is now recognized as the foremost authority in the development and delivery of complex cultural performance venues. As the Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Development Project, Ron was responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of one of the world’s most iconic performance campuses. Working collaboratively with the renowned design firm, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams and Billy Tsien, FXFowle, Beyer Blender Belle, the $1.2 billion effort required division into thirty-seven individual projects, ranging from $7 million to $250 million.

Kara Medoff Barnett joined Lincoln Center in 2007 and currently serves as Senior Director for the Capital Campaign, produces The Lincoln Center Dialogue, and leads Lincoln Center Global.

Kara also staffs the Global, New Ventures and Outreach committees of Lincoln Center’s Board of Directors, and she founded and managed Lincoln Center’s Strategy Group, an internal consulting team with a diverse portfolio of projects focused on cross-functional collaborations, non-traditional partnerships and new business development. Kara received a 2003 Tony Award as a producer of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Best Revival of a Play). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing, the Wing’s National Theatre Company Grants Committee, and the Tony Administration Committee. Kara is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.